England’s seasoned batsman Jonny Bairstow has admitted to ‘mixed’ emotions on flying back to the UK after a successful series for the team in Sri Lanka. Jonny Bairstow was removed from ECB’s central red-ball contract list and has played only 2 Test matches since 2020.
Bairstow, who has been rested for the upcoming red-ball of England’s tour of India, will fly back with other rested English players while the rest of the Test-bound squad will fly to Chennai for the 4-match series starting on February 5.
“I’ve absolutely loved being back. I was a bit emotional yesterday being back in the dressing room when you’ve won a series reaffirms why you keep doing it and never give up. It’s special. I’d have liked to get a big score but I’m really happy with how I’ve played having not played a huge amount of red ball cricket for a little while, to come back in and spend the amount of time at the crease and contribute the way I have is really pleasing,” Bairstow was quoted as saying by standard.co.uk.
Bairstow, who batted at the No. 3 in the Sri Lanka Tests, wants to bat first down for England across all conditions. The 31-year-old batsman is, however, looking forward to play in the white ball leg in India starting from March 12.
“I tried to play in between bubbles but it’s hard to properly get your teeth stuck into it, because going and playing a game for Yorkshire is not the same as a Test series, with a lead-in to get your game and mindset in order. People won’t have seen the technical side of things that’s gone on during this series, it’s been a lot more spin dominant. But in the few bits of pace they bowled, there is a considerable difference to my setup. That’s something I’ll be going forward with,” he added.
“After a rest, I’ll be raring to go in India.”