Jonny Bairstow uncertain on wicketkeeping role for England’s Test Series in India

Read about Jonny Bairstow’s uncertainty over England’s wicketkeeping role in the upcoming India Test series and his determination to adapt to varied pitches.

England’s Jonny Bairstow remains uncertain about taking up the wicketkeeping responsibilities during the impending five-match Test series against India, commencing on January 25 in Hyderabad. Having served as England’s primary wicketkeeper-batter during the 2023 Test summer, Bairstow concluded the Ashes with notable catches despite initial errors.

The England squad welcomed back Ben Foakes, a wicketkeeper-batter, for the Test tour of India, including the preparatory camp in Abu Dhabi. Foakes earned praise for his flawless wicketkeeping skills during the 2021 tour on Indian pitches.

Bairstow mentioned, “I’ve not discussed my role yet. Selection decisions will depend on my fitness. I’m content with my form, whether it involves keeping wickets or batting.”

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Reflecting on England’s 2021 tour to India, where he faced challenges, Bairstow expressed confidence in the team’s ability to adapt and play their aggressive style, especially on diverse Indian pitches.

He remarked, “India’s pitches vary; it’s not solely about turn. Their seam attack is formidable. The pitch conditions will determine their strength. Our approach aims to entertain and adapt swiftly to the conditions in India.”

Bairstow underwent a significant period of recovery due to a leg injury in 2022. His return to international cricket in 2023 was followed by dedicated efforts to regain fitness post the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup in India.

“I’ve been focused on rehabilitation and family time post-injury. After the intense summer following my return, it was vital to ensure my ankle’s recovery,” Bairstow shared.

-IANS