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England’s interim coach Trevor Bayliss believes convincing Jonny Bairstow for the new role in the team will be a difficult job. Bairstow had suffered an injury to his middle finger in the third Test match at Trent Bridge.
England’s wicketkeeper was hit by a dipping ball from James Anderson. Thus, there are doubts over Bairstow’s participation in the fourth Test match at Aegis Bowl, Southampton.
Meanwhile, if Bairstow is able to recuperate from the injury before 30 August, he is not expected to don the gloves. Thus, England’s think tank will give the wicketkeeping duties to Jos Buttler.
Furthermore, Joe Root and team management might promote Jonny Bairstow up the batting order to add more strength to the batting line-up. Bairstow is one of England’s main batsmen and has a proper technique for Test match cricket.
Going to be difficult to convince Jonny.
“That’ll be the hard thing, trying to convince Jonny,” said Bayliss. “That will be a decision that is taken from the team point of view. He is a world-class batter, we know that. One of the difficult things might be convincing Jonny of that.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler was able to fill in the big shoes of Jonny Bairstow in the second innings. Bayliss said it is not going to be easy for Buttler to straightway keep with consistency in the longest format.
Not going to be easy for Jos Buttler.
“I think he has improved his ‘keeping over the last couple of years from where he was say when we were in South Africa. He’s aware of that. He’s done some hard work. Jos will have to do some hard work as well. He’s been keeping a lot in one-day cricket. But keeping 100 overs-a-day can be difficult, day after day, Test after Test. There are other options out there as well,” he added.
Trevor Bayliss said they will have a deep conversation with Jonny Bairstow.
“It would certainly be a deep conversation with someone like that. Jonny’s a reasonable bloke. If that’s the way we wanted to go… in the long run, he wants to play Test cricket. We know he wants to keep but there would be a lot of explaining and chatting.”
Bairstow at four, Pope at five.
Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow averages 42.33 when he dons the gloves for the team whereas his batting average whittle down to 28.96 if he plays as a pure batsman. However, it should be also be noted that Jonny Bairstow has shown an upward swing in his batting abilities in the last couple of years since he changed his batting stance.
Subsequently, if Jonny Bairstow gets a promotion in the batting order, rookie batsman Ollie Pope will get demoted in the batting order.
“He is a young guy with a good head on his shoulders and I think he is going to give himself every opportunity to be a good international cricketer,” Trevor Bayliss said.
“He’s batted no higher than six for Surrey so it was a big ask to come into international cricket and bat four but the short times he’s been at the crease that he might be a good international cricketer. We would have probably liked to have started him off down a bit lower but the hole was at No.4. Obviously, Jonny is an option there as well which might allow Ollie to drop a little lower. These are all things we’ve discussed,” he said.
England knows what Jonny Bairstow brings to the table. The flamboyant right-hander is a big asset to the team. Consequently, England will hope he is match ready for the fourth Test match.