Jonny Bairstow is praised by Steve Patterson as one of the best white-ball opening batsmen of England in world cricket presently.
Jonny Bairstow is a one-day World Cup winner with England in 2019 and is currently enjoying an impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in the UAE with SunRisers Hyderabad having scored 316 runs in nine innings, including a best of 97 against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai averaging 35.11 with three half-centuries.
Jonny Bairstow Can Adapt Quicker Than Most Others: Steve Patterson
Jonny Bairstow, the son of the former England wicketkeeper David Bairstow, is a combative wicketkeeper-batsman who has become a cricketer to be reckoned with in England’s batting line-up.
“Jonny (Bairstow) is a bit different to most in that he can probably adapt quicker than most because of the sheer natural ability he’s got at many sports, not just cricket,” Yorkshire County Cricket Club official website quoted Patterson as saying.
“I’m sure those who have stats to hand would throw some other names in there to rival him. But, on current form, he’d be one of your first choices picks if you had a blank piece of paper. He’s just phenomenal,” he added.
“He’s certainly up there”, said Patterson while replying to whether Bairstow is the best limited-overs opener in world cricket.
Jonny Bairstow, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been in some fine form.
“Doing it in the IPL in the UAE, which are very different conditions to what we’re used to in England – they bowl a lot of spins, etc, it doesn’t seem to have fazed him,” said Patterson
The right-handed batsman has smashed 316 runs in the ongoing tournament at a strike rate of 144.12.
Jonny Bairstow Will Not Take Time To Be Back In England’s Test Squad: Steve Patterson
He has not appeared in a Test Match for England since December 2019 against South Africa, and he has only scored two fifties in his last 10 appearances dating back to January 2019.
Steve Patterson reckons that it won’t take time before he is shining again in Test Match cricket.
“It’s brilliant for us that we’ll likely see a bit more of him. But if we do, it won’t be long before we see him back in an England Test shirt because he’s too good a player not to be in that side,” said Patterson.
He averages 34.74 in 70 Tests, but 47.16 in 83 ODIs and he has 6 and 10 centuries respectively.
Jonny Bairstow is also a useful performer and had a brilliant debut IPL season scoring 445 runs averaging 55.62 that included a century while opening the batting with David Warner.