There is more to life than cricket for Proteas-basher Bairstow

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JONNY BAIRSTOW’S out­stand­ing form in the last two years has not been enough to nail down a full­time place in the Eng­land squad but the 27-year-old ad­mits he has come to terms with the sit­u­a­tion.

His un­beaten 60 off 35 balls in Wed­nes­day’s com­pre­hen­sive Twenty20 vic­tory over South Africa pro­vided yet more ev­i­dence of what he brings to the side as Eng­land took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Bairstow

had scored three fifties in his four pre­vi­ous one-day in­nings, yet it needed opener Jason Roy’s dis­mal run of form to find him a place in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy squad in the semi-fi­nal loss against even- tual cham­pi­ons Pak­istan.

“I’ve been in and out, and learn­ing to deal with that is a skill in it­self,” the wick­et­keeper-bats­man told Bri­tish media.

“You’ve got to deal with the fact that you can score runs, but you may not be in for the next game. Not wor­ry­ing about it is the big­gest thing. Just being com­fort­able within your­self, within your sur­round­ings.”

With big-hit­ting Jos But­tler don­ning the gloves behind the stumps, the task of earn­ing se­lec­tion has be­come dif­fi­cult for him but the son of for­mer Eng­land wick­et­keeper David Bairstow said he had ma­tured.

“I’ve grown up a lot over the last three years. I’m not sure what I can par­tic­u­larly put that down to, but nat­u­rally you grow from a boy to a man.

“You learn about how to play, how to con­struct an in­nings. I’ve been in squads, played, not played, and in dif­fer­ent for­mats. If you pick ev­ery bit of it apart, then you get your­self het up. There’s more to life.”

The sec­ond T20 in­ter­na­tional be­tween Eng­land and South Africa was played in Taun­ton last night, with the fi­nal clash set for Cardiff to­mor­row (sun). – Reuters

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