Bairstow wants to keep fighting for gloves in Tests
Three players, one wicket-keeping slot. That’s the current situation of the England Test team. And centurion Jonny Bairstow wants to fight hard to earn his place back as a wicket-keeper batsman.
Bairstow put England on top in the first day of the third Test match with his outstanding knock of 112 runs and the visitors finished the day with 312 runs on the board losing 3 wickets.
The 29-year old has set his sight to become England’s permanent number three batsman in Tests and the celebration after reaching to his hundred said it all that this knock was an emotional one for Bairstow.
“I was obviously pleased with it. There’s only a few times you get to score a hundred for England, so it’s a special time to be out there in the middle. he emotion and hard work that has gone into getting back out on the field is massive.”
Despite scoring hundred and looking solid at number three, Bairstow denied to agree that he has made his place permanent at this position.
“Long term who knows what’s going to happen. In the last year I think I’ve batted at 7, 6, 5, 4 and three. Who knows what’s going to happen long term but I’m happy with my performance today.”
After getting injured before the Galle Test, he was then left out and Ben Foakes was named as his replacement who played in the Kandy Test. He scored a hundred on his debut and was brilliant behind the wickets. And now Bairstow has to give it all to earn his place back as a wicket-keeper batsman.
And the centurion has informed that he hasn’t hung up his gloves just yet.
“I’ve not given up my keeping, I want to make that very, very clear. I’m still working hard on my keeping because it’s something I still want to do.”