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Ashes hero tips Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow to stick around
Ashes winner Marcus Trescothick admits it is high time Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden Test century but insists England should stick by him no matter how long it takes.
Bairstow made his 12th appearance for England in the longest form of the game during the series-clinching fourth Test against Australia at Chester-le-Street.
The 23-year-old has featured in every one of England’s last seven Tests but is yet to bring up three figures, with his best standing at 95 from the third and final match against South Africa last summer.
He has not been the worst of the England batsmen in the current Ashes series, with Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior having both scored less than him, but a continued lack of a century places the Yorkshireman under scrutiny as the final match begins tomorrow.
Trescothick, who starred in the 2005 Ashes series as England ended 18 years of hurt, acknowledges that but is adamant nothing good will come out of casting Bairstow aside too soon.
He said: “You’re always under pressure. I think Jonny’s done okay. He’s scored consistent runs without getting a big score but he could do with that big hundred.
“Until he gets that big score he needs, then his position will always be looked at and there will be questions about it – that is the nature of international cricket.
“I don’t see it being a problem. If he keeps scoring runs then there’s no reason to think about changing it at the moment. You’ve got to stick with these people.
“They’re the best players in the country and there’s no reason to change them or move them. Just keep giving them a crack.
“They’ll learn well playing at Test level against the best players and the best bowlers in the world. That’s the best place to learn things, so you should stick with them.”
Bairstow is more than capable of reaching three figures, having scored eight first-class centuries with a highest score of 205 for Yorkshire back in May 2011.
And Trescothick, who amassed nearly 6,000 runs in 76 Tests for England, believes once Bairstow breaks his duck, the floodgates will open.
“When you’ve got the likes of Graham Gooch and Andy Flower in the background, there are always things you can do in between games,” he said.
“It’s a matter of time before Jonny really gets going and when he does, I know from the volume of runs he scored for Yorkshire it will be very good to watch. He’s a good exciting young player.”
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