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Bairstow out of the opening test against Sri Lanka, Buttler to take charge


There is a bad news coming if you are an England fan, their star test wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the opening test against Sri Lanka.

Jonny Bairstow

It will be a huge loss for the Englishmen as Bairstow has been one of their best batsmen in the longest format of the game in the last couple of years.

Bairstow was trying his best to recover for the all-important test series against Sri Lanka. Everyone knows what it means for the outside teams to win a test series anywhere in the sub-continent, it is like next to impossible thing for them. But Bairstow’s ankle ligament injury is a blessing in disguise for backup wicket-keeper Jos Buttler who has been a first choice keeper in limited overs cricket and has found his place in the test squad after a wait of two long years.

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The inevitable news was announced by the England team head coach. “Jonny is not available for this Test match,” head coach Trevor Bayliss told talkSPORT. “He has come on a long way in the last week or so but with another winter tour and a big summer, we didn’t necessarily want to risk it.”

Trevor Bayliss

Ben Foakes, the backup option for the injured Bairstow has been added to the English roadster. But Buttler will be an automatic choice for the wicket-keeping duties in the opening test match. Both Buttler and Bairstow kept wickets in their last home series versus India which was a lengthy one consisting of five test matches which they won 4 games to 1.

“They’re both still very much in our thinking and that will probably come down to the combination we want to play,” added Bayliss when asked about Buttler and Foakes.

“Definitely one of them will be keeping but how we structure the batting order and what combination of bowlers we put into the team could determine who eventually gets the gloves.”

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