Jonny Bairstow insists he CAN be England’s number 3 for next winter’s Ashes tour of Australia

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Jonny Bairstow insists he CAN be England’s number 3 for next winter’s Ashes tour of Australia … after batsman impressed with 94 runs in first ODI defeat to India on Tuesday

  • Jonny Bairstow hit an impressive 94 of 66 balls in Tuesday’s ODI defeat to India
  • The English batsman stays in touch well in the white-ball format of the game
  • He wrestled in the last two Test matches in India after returning from home
  • Still, Bairstow has his long-term eyes on playing in the Ashes next winter

Jonny Bairstow believes he is the right man to beat number 3 in the England test team – and has insisted that his experience will be crucial to their efforts to win back the Ashes this winter.

Bairstow threw 94 balls from 66 balls before Eoin Morgan’s side threw out the first one-day international in Pune on Tuesday, and he stays in touch in both sizes of the cue ball.

But after struggling in the last two Tests in India, when he made three ducks in four innings, he has made new pleas to keep his red ball spot for the English summer.

Jonny Bairstow hit 94 of 66 balls in Tuesday's first one-day international against India

Jonny Bairstow hit 94 of 66 balls in Tuesday’s first one-day international against India

Bairstow has a good touch on white ball, but still believes he has a role to play with the red ball

Bairstow has a good touch on white ball, but still believes he has a role to play with the red ball

Bairstow has a good touch on white ball, but still believes he has a role to play with the red ball

“I really want to do that,” he said. ‘Of course people here would have talked about the last two Tests, but I scored runs in Sri Lanka before.

Hopefully I’ll get more than four games there because I had gone home in between and despite those lower scores in the last few tests, I was still okay on average. There was no one in those last two games to light it up exactly, right?

‘A pink-ball Test match at a new location where no one scored points, and then in the last match there was a decision from an umpire who didn’t necessarily go my way. I am happy with where my game is. ‘

Since Bairstow appeared to have reached a century of breakthrough at No. 3 in Colombo in November 2018, he has averaged under 20 in Test cricket, making a total of 34 out of 74 matches.

The English batsman struggled in the last two test matches in India after returning home

The English batsman struggled in the last two test matches in India after returning home

The English batsman struggled in the last two test matches in India after returning home

But he’s set his sights on a return to Australia, where two previous tours have taken him a century, in Perth, but no other score above 42.

“With the experiences I’ve had in Australia, I think if you go there with a wealth of experience, you have a greater chance of success,” he said. “So yes, that’s something I want to pursue and hopefully I get that chance.”

England will be making a late call about the fitness of captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Sam Billings ahead of Friday’s second ODI, after both were injured in the series opener.

Meanwhile, Lancashire’s new Indian addition Shreyas Iyer has been banned from the final two games, plus the first half of the IPL, after dislocating his shoulder in the field on Tuesday.

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