First pair for 12 years doesn’t bother Jonny Bairstow as he looks to settle score in Ashes opener
- Jonny Bairstow went for duck in both innings against Ireland last week at Lord’s
- He decided to play in game to get some rhythm to his wicketkeeping
- Batting went poorly but he is not concerned ahead of Ashes opener on Thursday
Jonny Bairstow has a score to settle on Thursday after registering his first pair for 12 years against Ireland at Lord’s last week.
The Yorkshireman was dismissed for two six-ball ducks in England’s 143-run win, but did pull off a stunning one-handed catch as wicketkeeper in Ireland’s second innings.
And Bairstow insists his poor showing with the bat was not a sign of World Cup burn-out.
Jonny Bairstow was out for nought in both innings of the Test against Ireland last week
‘I didn’t want to be going into the first Ashes Test having not kept wicket,’ he said. ‘I wanted the rhythm of my keeping.
‘The pair was my first one in 12 years, so I’m absolutely not worried about that. Hopefully it’s another 12 years before the next.’
Bairstow is also aware of the shot in the arm an Ashes triumph would bring to cricket in England, on top of last month’s incredible World Cup triumph.
‘It would have a great effect on every level of the game if we were able to pull it off, whether it be men’s, women’s, disability cricket or just people taking the game up for the first time,’ he said. ‘It’s great if we can have that kind of impact.’
Bairstow wanted to play against the Irish to gain some rhythm in his wicketkeeping