The Cricket Paper - - OPINION -

JONNY Bairstow was al­ways a given for his spot in the Ashes squad, and he will love keep­ing out in Aus­tralia – it’s the eas­i­est place in the world to be be­hind the stumps. The only time it will get chal­leng­ing is keep­ing on the fourth or fifth day in the rough.

It doesn’t break up like it does in Eng­land, and the rough is quite a small area. The big­gest thing is your con­cen­tra­tion be­cause the bats­men are con­stantly hit­ting the ball and you can be stand­ing up to the stumps and not tak­ing any­thing. That’s when you need to stay fo­cused and make sure you’re ex­pect­ing ev­ery ball.

Jonny has come on leaps and bounds, but he still has work to do and is still learn­ing his trade. He’s a worka­holic and will keep go­ing, and this is a long tour which should help him learn.

Aus­tralia is a good place to get your feet mov­ing, be­cause you know the bounce is go­ing to be con­sis­tent.

It’s a good place to stand up to the medium pac­ers too, and that can be tricky. Jonny will cer­tainly be stronger when Eng­land re­turn next spring.

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