England vs Pakistan: Jonny Bairstow frustrated at not playing ODI's consistently

AFP, Sep, 02 2016

Leeds: Jonny Bairstow is determined to nail down a place in England's one-day team after his latest 'supersub' display helped condemn Pakistan to a defeat on his Headingley home ground.

First-choice Test wicket-keeper Bairstow was only told he was playing by England coach Trevor Bayliss just over half an hour before the start of Thursday's match after regular one-day gloveman Jos Buttler suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

Jonny Bairstow helped England seal their fourth straight win against Pakistan by scoring 67. Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow helped England seal their fourth straight win against Pakistan by scoring 69. Getty Images

Bairstow responded with an assured display behind the stumps.

He then made a brisk 61 and helped Ben Stokes (69) add 103 for the fifth wicket as England, who had stumbled to 72 for four chasing a target of 248, eventually won by four wickets to go 4-0 up in this five-match series.

Last year Bairstow guided England to a one-day series clinching win over New Zealand — a key-staging post in their recovery from a dismal first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup — with an unbeaten 83 at Chester-le-Street after Buttler was ruled out with a hand injury.

There has been talk of England, the hosts of both the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup one-day tournaments, playing both Buttler and Bairstow in the same white-ball side, with one of them featuring as a specialist batsman.

But in the meantime Bairstow, who has already scored nearly 1,000 runs in Test cricket this year, is desperate to make the most of any one-day chances he gets, however late they come.

 'Special group' 
"It was about 32 minutes before the start," Bairstow said after being asked when he knew he was playing in front of his adoring Yorkshire public on Thursday.

"Trev came over and just said, 'You're in'."

However, with England on the up in one-day cricket, Bairstow wants to be more than a white-ball 'reserve'.

"It's a special group of players and we believe we can go a long way in world competitions and series," he said.

"But naturally I'm frustrated not to be in that XI week in week out.

"Every time I get an opportunity I want to try to impress and that's all I can do.

"Whether that be keeping wicket, just playing as a batter, batting at one or 11 — every time you go out there you try to do your best.

"You've just got to take it on the chin, crack on and hope you take the opportunity when it does come along," added Bairstow ahead of Sunday's series finale in Cardiff.

Bairstow, the son of late former Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David Bairstow, looked considerably younger than his 26 years on Thursday, having shaved off his beard after receiving a message from his mother, Janet, a Headingley administrator.

"I got told off by my Mum," said Jonny.

"My Grandma had been on the phone."

Published Date: Sep 02, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 02, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115