Jonny Bairstow was shocked and disappointed to learn he had been dropped by England ahead of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.
The 29-year-old has been a mainstay of the international scene for the past five years and kept wicket during all five Ashes Tests against Australia this summer, on the back of playing a key role during England’s World Cup success.
Bairstow, however, struggled with the bat against Australia’s high-class pace attack, scoring just 214 runs at an average of 24 and has paid the price with skipper Joe Root offering chances to the likes of Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, while Jos Buttler is set to regain the gloves.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Bairstow was informed of the decision by chairman of selectors Ed Smith by phone and is set for crunch talks over his future today.
‘Jonny is a very talented cricketer. We believe he has the potential to be a top, top player in Test cricket for England. He has played a lot, in all forms, and it’s an opportunity for him to reset and work on one or two things. If I had to give a prediction it would be that he comes back stronger and has a very good England career in Test cricket,’ said Smith yesterday.
‘He hasn’t been rested. That would be a cop out. However I do see Jonny as being a top batsman, so I would say it’s an opportunity to reset and come back.’
England are due to play five T20 matches against New Zealand, the first of which is scheduled for November 1, before their two-match Test series which controversially will not count towards the inaugural World Test Championship.
Root’s side will subsequently travel to South Africa, before hosting West Indies and Pakistan in the longest format of the game next summer.