England vs India 2018: Too Early to Talk About Clean Sweep – Jonny Bairstow
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow believes that it is too early to talk about clean sweeping India. In fact, England is already 2-0 up in the ongoing five-match series. Thus, a whitewash can be on the cards.
However, Bairstow believes that India will try to hit them hard in the upcoming matches. India was not up to the mark in the second Test match at Lord’s and they would aim to make a stronger comeback.
India is the number one side for a reason.
England was able to make the most of the conditions at Lord’s when they decided to put India to bat in the arduous conditions after winning the toss.
“Yes, we have exploited the conditions and we know how to play in home conditions, but I do not think you can say that India is vulnerable. They are the number one side in the world for a reason and there is a lot of cricket still to play in the series,” Bairstow said to The Daily Telegraph.
“It is too early to be talking about 5-0. The weather could get hot again, the pitches at Southampton and the Oval could be dry. We definitely will not be taking our foot off the pedal,” Jonny Bairstow added.
Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow is happy for Ben Stokes who was found not guilty in his Bristol brawl case. Stokes has made the cut into the England squad for the third Test. However, it has been a difficult last one year for him.
“I’m really happy that the verdict has come out as it has for English cricket. It’s big for him. It’s been a long 10 months for him, for his family,” said Bairstow.
On the other hand, Bairstow was able to play his hand in the second Test match as he scored a fine 93. In fact, the England gloveman had also scored a fine 70 in the first Test match.
“(I’m) delighted and hopefully we can see him back in an England shirt very, very soon because we saw the impact that he had at Edgbaston only a couple of weeks ago in the first Test,” he concluded.
The third Test match will take place at Trent Bridge from 18 August.
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