VVS helped me to play well against spin: Bairstow

If there was one batsman who literally took on the Indian bowling attack to cleaners from the word go, it is Jonny Bairstow. He was the main man who set the foundation for the team. Well, there was a clarity in his batting approach and he thanked India’s great VVS Laxman for helping him to play well against spin during his stint at Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019.

VVS helped me how to play against spin: Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow raises his bat after scoring his maiden World Cup century.

“VVS definitely helped me with his knowledge against spin,” Jonny Bairstow who was named the player of the match for his scintillating 111 off 109 said at the post-match presentation.

Bairstow said that he straightway planned to take on the bowling attack and to build a platform after they won the toss. He also went on to add saying that the results didn’t really go in their favour despite giving absolutely everything on the field.

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“It was important to set a platform and assess the conditions early after winning the toss. It’s been frustrating for the guys as we’ve played well but the results have not gone in our favour,” he added.

It was a must-win match for England and they responded pretty well against a very good challenge. They ended India’s unbeaten streak and now they face New Zealand in their next encounter.

We can do well against New Zealand: Bairstow

Word has it that England has never beaten New Zealand in the World Cup since 1983 and Bairstow feels that the brigade can take confidence further from India’s win and do well against New Zealand as they still have a long way to go to make it to the semis.

“We can improve things going forward against New Zealand. I was reacting to each ball. They bowled well upfront as they got few edges but we capitalised later. We have three must-win games in the next two weeks but we need to focus on the next game that we play against New Zealand,” Bairstow concluded.

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