Jonny Bairstow wary of his place being taken by Ben Stokes

The England wicketkeeper feels that he would be hard done by if his place in the side was taken over by Ben Stokes.

Jonny Bairstow England v West Indies
Jonny Bairstow of England acknowledges the crowd’s applause at the end of the 5th Royal London One Day International between England and West Indies. (Photo Source: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow would feel hard done by if he were to lose his place to Ben Stokes in the limited overs side. The left-handed all rounder has not featured for the national side after his brawl in Bristol last September. As a result he also missed the Ashes series which took place in Australia. His omission for the Ashes came back to haunt England as they suffered a 4-0 defeat in the 5 test series. The ODI series began on 14th of this month and England currently have a lead of 1-0.

Recently, the England and Wales cricket board cleared Ben Stokes from all accusations which means he is available for selection. As he is the Test vice captain of the England team, he will be looking to make a return in the on-going ODI series with Jonny Bairstow making way. With Jos Butler also in the team, the need for another wicketkeeper is currently surplus. Bairstow had a fruitful 2017 with bat in hand and will feel aggrieved if he is the one who has to be benched for Stokes.

“I am pretty happy with the runs I scored in the last series.,” said Bairstow. “I have worked my a**e off to get to where I am to fight for a position in the side. “And I like to think every time I have come in, whether that be on a one-off game over the last two years when I have got man of the match or whether it be batting at four, six, keeping wicket or opening the batting, I have come in and done well enough to keep my spot.

“I have been asked to open the batting in seven games and I have scored two hundreds in those games. “It is going to take a bit of time to completely know it and understand it, but I have been really pleased with how I have started in the role. It is a new skill I am learning and hopefully one I will be learning for a while.”

Jonny Bairstow will be looking to make amends in the 2nd ODI on friday after failing miserably in the 1st ODI.