August 29, 2018
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Bairstow ‘desperate’ to keep wickets for England

By Shalini Singh

Bairstow fit to play in the fourth Test. 

England batsman-wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow has been cleared to play for the fourth Test against India.

Bairstow had sustained a fracture in his finger, but now he has recovered, and he is fit to play in the fourth Test match. However, Jonny Bairstow is most likely to as a specialist batsman at No.4 while Jos Buttler will take over the wicketkeeping responsibilities.

Buttler did the wicketkeeping in the third Test match at Trent Bridge after Bairstow left the ground following an injury.

“I am feeling good, and the finger is better than that I thought it would be. I will try and keep wicket in training,” he said in a pre-match press conference.

“I obviously want to play, and if I didn’t keep the wickets, I would play as a specialist batsman.”

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“But at the same time, I really want to keep my place as a keeper.”

England coach Trevor Bayliss has already revealed that his temptation to push Jonny Bairstow to No.4 and bring out his ‘world class’ potential.

Talking about the Bayliss’ plans, Bairstow said,”I think it is really a bold statement because I am better when I keep wickets as well.”

“And as I have mentioned earlier, I am desperate to keep my place as a wicket-keeper because I think it has gone well over the last 38 Tests.”

The fourth Test is slated to be played between England and India from 30 August. When both the teams last met in England in 2014 for a Test match, India lost to England by 266 runs.

England lost their last Test match against India by 203 runs, and they will hope to turn things around in their favour when they meet the visitors this time in the Ageas Bowl.

“It is going to be an exciting match,” Bairstow said.

“We are still full of confidence. We couldn’t display our best performance in the last Test, but we will try to perform well as a collective unit in the next match.”

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