Jonny Bairstow has termed his criticism as “tiresome” in an interview. sky game After the third day of the fourth Ashes Test.
Bairstow’s brilliant 99 off 81 balls and Mark Wood’s three wickets helped propel England to victory as they took a 162-run lead after day three of the fourth Test at the Emirates Old Trafford.
After Zak Crawley laid the foundation for the second day, Bairstow himself was the star of the third day as he edged closer to a fine hundred – ten fours and four sixes, the standout moments of a brilliant innings.
The England number seven’s place in the team has been a hot topic of debate throughout this series, making it a moment to enjoy as he finds explosive form with the bat that has made him the face of ‘buzzball’ in the summer of 2022.
talking to sky game Later, Bairstow vented his frustration and revealed that his leg injury “could have ended my career”.
He said, “I am happy playing. Everyone thinks I play better when people come to me and to be honest it is a bit tiring.”
“I have played a lot of cricket now, and since I have been told: ‘You are rubbish,’ well, if I had been that rubbish, I would not have played 94 matches.
“I want to go out and enjoy, entertain. People will comment on the way I bat, they always have, and it will continue, but you can leave it to their comments and I will keep doing what I do in the middle.
“They can say whatever they want to say. They’re paid to have an opinion, that’s what they’re paid to do. If they don’t have an opinion, they don’t have a job.”
“I haven’t kept wicket for three years. I have nine pins, a plate and a wire that goes through my ankle. It’s an integral part of it, I’ve had nine months.
“It’s not a lack of overs. It’s just been 10 months since my operation. So when you talk to the surgeon and he says: ‘I’m surprised you’re walking and running, never mind playing professional sport,’ I’m happy to be where I am.
“I’m happy where I’m at physically. There’s been a lot of corruption, it’s been ups and downs, a lot has happened in those nine months, and to be out on the field again with a group of boys I care about a lot is a special place for me.
“You don’t know how bad this is going to get. It could have ended my career. It could have happened exactly like that.”
The 33-year-old said England would not change their aggressive approach under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, and paid tribute to their family or what they have got through in the last 10 months.
“I don’t think the approach has changed throughout the series. It’s been questioned many times by you guys [media], But we stuck to our guns all the way. That’s exactly how we’ve played our cricket since Ben [Stokes] The charge of the team has come and we are sticking to it.”
Bairstow shrugged off a question about his controversial stumping by Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey in the second Test at Lord’s, saying, “There have been some interesting dismissals. A few games ago I got close to 70. It is what it is.”
“It’s not for lack of trying. I feel very proud whenever I step out and wear the England shirt. I’m a proud person, it means a lot to me, and to be back and available for selection for the Ashes, it’s something that makes me extremely proud.”
“I couldn’t have done it without my friends and family and the support they gave me throughout the winter.
“The guys who’ve got you back and are there in every tough situation, that’s really what matters. That dressing room is very solid. We have a special group of players in there, and a group that will fight for each other.”
“We will continue to play the way we do, because we know the direction we want to go, and there is a bigger picture involved with the game of Test cricket.”
Hussain: Bairstow had a point to prove at this stage
Nasir Hussain of Sky Sports said…
“I got that interview of Johnny [Bairstow] fascinating. I like cricketers like Jonny Bairstow. he got out of here [to this interview] Because he has a point to prove.
“He has read everything, he has heard everything. It has wounded him. And whatever he says, Bairstow is a very dangerous Jonny Bairstow to prove.”
“I think that’s why when Anderson went in they left him there. I thought: maybe declare, what are you going to achieve with Anderson? But Stokes understood the situation perfectly: ‘I’ve got Jonny Bairstow, who’s taken a brilliant catch, he’s got a point to prove to everybody and that’s the stage he wants to take.’
“Hey [Bairstow] Absolutely lasting. He has been ticking for weeks and he wanted that innings and that day.
“You can debate what everybody has said, and there is right and wrong in that, and he has left balls and he hasn’t got runs. But you know with Bairstow, if you fan him enough, he will go out there like a bull and do well.
“He was absolutely ticking off in that interview.”
Sangakkara: He is invaluable to England
Kumar Sangakkara of Sky Sports said…
“Jonny Bairstow coming out today and doing what he does… We know Jonny Bairstow’s abilities, he is one of the best all format batsmen in the world but how he scored today is a real statement.
“It also follows on from the fact that he batted really well in this match. For most keepers, who are genuine all-rounders with the bat, they go hand in hand.
“Bairstow proved it again today. He is an invaluable player for England. The way he put pressure on the bowlers and cleared the lines at will, he really dampened the Australian enthusiasm.”
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