Jonathan Bairstow has been called ‘England’s answer to Adam Gilchrist’. Australia legend Adam Gilchrist praised Bairstow. He feels England Wicket-keeper batsman has big future in the Test cricket.
It was not Gilchrist complimenting the young batsman but also Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie praised Bairstow. he saw ‘glimpses of what Gilly used to do.’ This is not the first Bairstow has scored his century; he scored 140 in the opening Test match against Sri Lanka and also took nine catches.
“Jonny Bairstow can do the same job for England that Adam Gilchrist did for Australia over so many years, without a doubt. There has been talks about accommodating both Jonny and Jos Buttler in the same Test team, but taking the gloves away from Jonny would be the silliest thing the selectors could do. You have to understand the person you’re dealing with and Jonny likes to be the main man, the focal point,” Gillespie said.
Gilchrist said, “Bairstow’s clearly more settled as a batsman when he’s wicket-keeping, and it’s certainly a situation I can relate to. To play just as a batsman, you can often feel a little bit half there, half not. Whereas if you’re focused on your wicket-keeping, your batting can relax and I suspect that’s the case with Bairstow. He could make that position, which has been a bit of a revolving door for England; he could make that his own for a while to come.”