Bairstow happy to be back at HQ
Twelve months on from his Test debut, Jonny Bairstow is pleased to return to Lord’s despite the challenges he faced there last year.
Bairstow’s five-day bow came against West Indies last May and he was back at HQ in August for another Test versus South Africa.
The right-handed batsman made 16 in his debut innings and was nought not out when England beat the Windies by five wickets.
Having lost his Test place ahead of the Proteas rubber, Bairstow returned for the third and final game. He scored 95 and 54 as the hosts, needing victory to share the series, fell 51 short of chasing 346.
He has since toured India and New Zealand, playing Tests in Mumbai and Auckland, and approaches this Investec series with fond memories.
“It’s fantastic to be back here at Lord’s,” he told ecb.co.uk. “The last time that we played here was a good game for myself and hopefully I’ll be able to replicate that in this game coming if selected.”
Bairstow, whose runs versus South Africa came against an a pace attack of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, expects to feel nerves again this week.
“Of course, the beans were going and there was a bit of nervous energy around, but that’s only natural,” he recalled.
“So there’s obviously going to be that again. Whenever you play for England, there’s going to be nerves that are kicking around, and hopefully you put those to one side and concentrate on what’s ahead and the job in hand.”
Bairstow can take heart from a run of form that has resulted in scores of 186, 53 and 68 in his last three innings.
“First and foremost it’s this game and then we’ll take it from that. But (I’m) pleased with the way the season’s gone so far,” he said.
“I came back from New Zealand, got straight into it and it was just four days before the first game. So straight back into the season, (I) was pleased with the way that I’m striking the ball and the runs that I’m scoring, and hopefully can take that forward into the forthcoming games.”