Bairstow should have no worries when it comes to Ashes selection, says Yorkshire chief (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Jonny Bairstow should have no worries when it comes to Ashes selection, says Yorkshire chief
Martyn Moxon believes Jonny Bairstow has already done enough to earn himself a winter Ashes tour place.
Barring injury, the exciting wicketkeeper-batsman will have played the last five LV= County Championship matches of 2013 with Yorkshire after being left out of England’s team for last month’s fifth Test at the Oval and the squad for the ongoing one-day series.
Although the 23-year-old did not do a lot wrong in his four Ashes Tests this summer, scoring a best of 67 at Lord’s, he has not yet stamped his authority on the Test arena like Joe Root.
He has scored four fifties in 12 Tests, including a best of 95 against South Africa last summer.
In 11 innings this summer against New Zealand and Australia, he has only failed to reach double figures once.
But he will be disappointed not to have converted his starts into a big score like he has done regularly for Yorkshire.
Ahead of today’s Championship meeting with Sussex at Hove (10.30am), Yorkshire’s director of professional cricket said: “I would fully expect him to be in the Ashes squad. He has scored runs for us already in the two games he’s played since he’s come back.
“He was disappointed when he was left out at the Oval but he came to Trent Bridge and was really up for it from ball one. He performed well down there, then scored runs at Scarborough as well. He’s been great.”
With a fair wind, Bairstow could be looking back on 2013 as a golden year in his career.
Already a one-time Ashes winner, he could double that tally Down Under later this year as well as winning the Championship.
“That would be fantastic for him,” added Moxon, who has seen Bairstow score 62, 82 and 34 since returning to county colours. “But we are trying to play that kind of thing down because there’s a lot of work to do to win the Championship.”
Yorkshire (from): Gale, Bairstow, Ballance, Brooks, Hodd, Jaques, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Plunkett, Pyrah, Rashid, Sidebottom, Williamson.
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