English wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow thinks playing lots of matches before World Cup-19 will increase their opportunities. Accordingly, Jonny Bairstow is confident of his team’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Jonny Bairstow is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad
Jonny Bairstow is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is all set to fly home on 23 April and will miss the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League season. Maybe all English players are going to leave by the end of the month to take part in a busy period of World Cup preparations.
Firstly, Jonny Bairstow emphasized on the upcoming World Cup on England’s jersey, “We get back after the Chennai game on April 23. Then we’ve got the World Cup camp. We then play Pakistan in the five-ODI series and then we’ve got two warm-up matches in which we play Afghanistan and Australia. And then we go into the World Cup. It’s a lot of cricket leading into the World Cup. And then we’ve got five Ashes Tests after that.”
England also plays an ODI against Ireland on 3 May. Then will be on a Twenty-20 international against Pakistan as well as that five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Between the World Cup and the Ashes England also host Ireland for a Test at Lord’s.
The Englishman made an example of the upcoming heavy schedule and asserted with, “Lots of teams who could win it and there would be upsets along the way. West Indies could win a game from nowhere. Then there is Afghanistan, who would probably bowl 30-40 overs of spin. In England, you know you do not have pitches like India, which is really dry. Sometimes the pitches could turn in England.”
Jonny Bairstow on the IPL-19
The right-hander has accumulated 365 runs in eight matches in the IPL, which includes a spectacular 52-ball hundred he scored against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this month. He is one of the top run-scorers in the tournament and expressed the desire to perform well in his remaining games to give Sunrisers Hyderabad a chance to reach the play-offs round.
So the right-hander continued as well, “So far it has gone well. To be in the top five leading run-scorers… it is really very pleasing. Hopefully, I can finish on a high in the next two games as well and we could be in the position to make the playoffs by the time I leave.”
Jonny Bairstow clarified about IPL-19 and conclude with, “Cricket is cricket and I think in IPL you play 14 games in six weeks and that is not too many. It is part and parcel of playing cricket. You play Test cricket and that is five full days… the guys bowl 20 overs in a day. However, there is a lot more traveling. You travel at strange times as the evening games finish around midnight. But it is good.”
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Therefore, English wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow thinks playing lots of matches before World Cup-19 will increase their opportunities. Hope he will flash in the ICC World Cup-19 with English jersey.