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English cricketer Jonny Bairstow is ready for the busy English cricket summer. While he is excited for the upcoming Cricket World Cup and the subsequent Ashes series, he also believes that it will be a gruelling summer for them.
England is ready to host the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup along with Wales. It will be the 12th edition of Cricket World Cup that will run from 30th May to 14th July. The three-time World Cup runners-up England are desperate to end their long wait of winning their maiden Cricket World Cup in this edition. They will begin their forthcoming Cricket World Cup journey through the opening match of the tournament (30th May) where they will face South Africa at The Oval (London).
After the end of their Cricket World Cup test, England will be busy in the home Ashes series. That five-match home Test series against Australia will run from 1st August to 16th September. Australia will begin this reputed series as the defending trophy holders. However, England has won their all home Ashes series since 2005.
It is the biggest summer I will ever be involved in – Jonny Bairstow
Talking about this huge home summer, English cricketer Jonny Bairstow feels amazing with the dream of winning both those very competitive assignments. However, he has also added that it will be a challenging summer for them, both mentally and physically.
Bairstow recently told The Daily Telegraph, “It is the biggest summer I will ever be involved in. It is the biggest ever summer for English cricket full stop.
“A World Cup and an Ashes; it is going to be amazing. You dream of winning them. If you can’t dream about that and think what that is going to feel like then what is the point (of playing)?
“At the same time you know it is going be a gruelling summer. Five Tests at the end of World Cup is going to be tough, mentally and physically.”
Jonny Bairstow shared his experience with David Warner
Jonny Bairstow recently experienced his maiden IPL season. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Bairstow was the opening partner of Australian cricketer David Warner. Warner recently returned to the cricket after completing his one-year suspension period for his involvement in the ball-tampering incident during Cape Town Test in March 2018.
During the recent IPL season, Bairstow had a great experience with Warner.
Bairstow said, “I think that experience (ball-tampering) can only change you as a person. He was a very good team-mate, he passed on a lot of knowledge about local bowlers, game-plans, pitches, everything. He was excellent.”
In IPL 2019, Bairstow-Warner’s aggregated opening partnership was 791 runs with an impressive average of 79.10. They had four-time century partnerships and three half-century partnerships in this IPL season. While they had a great time together during this IPL season, Bairstow is now ready to play against him in international cricket.
The English wicketkeeper-batsman added, “We can say hello now. We did not have a connection before, but now we’ve played together and done well together and had a good partnership it will make a difference.
“We spent five weeks together having dinner and coffees. It changes things but it will still be England versus Australia,”
In IPL 2019, Bairstow scored 445 runs in 10 innings with an average of 55.62 and strike-rate of 157.24. The right-handed opening batsman hit one century and two half-centuries in his first IPL season.
The biggest thing for us will be home support, playing in front of our own fans – Jonny Bairstow
Bairstow has also revealed that the English cricket team had a recent interaction with Gareth Southgate, the head coach of England national football team. Under Southgate’s coaching, England reached the semi-final of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Bairstow said, “The biggest thing for us will be home support, playing in front of our own fans. We heard from Gareth Southgate last week. He was brilliant. A lovely guy. The football lads were so meticulous in their planning for the World Cup last year.
“We were all proud as punch when they got to the semis. I am not saying it will be quite like that for us guys, but at the same time if people are sat in pubs wearing an England shirt wanting us to go through, and getting right behind us, that would be very special.”
Before their World Cup journey, England is currently busy in the five-match home ODI series against Pakistan. Like many other regular English players, Bairstow is also playing this home series.