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Lord's was amazing but I want to push on

Posted in England team blog

It's pretty hard to describe how my life has been since I was selected for the England Test squad. It's been an unbelievable time.

It was a dream to make my Test debut and for it to be at Lord's was even more fantastic. My family were there including my sister who flew over from Madrid. For Geoffrey Boycott to present me with my first cap made it even more special.

I found out I was playing the day before when the captain took me to one side and said I'd be in the final XI. I almost got a lump in my throat.

That evening I had a good feed and slept really well. It was the best night's sleep I'd had in that hotel, probably because I'd managed to finally open the windows.

Jonny Bairstow

I was pleased with how I struck the ball during my innings at Lord's but I didn't make as many runs as I would have liked

I was raring to go on Thursday. I didn't mind whether we batted or fielded first, it was just great to get out there and get a taste of what it was like to play in an opening Test at Lord's.

It was slightly nerve-wracking waiting to bat at the end of day two. It's your first innings in your first Test, but it's important you are in a positive frame of mind. I hoped that the work I'd done over the winter and before the game came through.

My turn to bat came at the start of day three. It's very special walking down the stairs from the dressing room, through the Long Room at Lord's, with the members stood clapping and wishing you well. When I stepped out and got the ovation, that was fantastic.

I was pretty pleased with how I played. I probably didn't get as many as I'd liked but I thought I struck the ball well and felt quite comfortable. Unfortunately I was lbw for 16 - there's not much you can say other than it was out. It was a good ball and in hindsight I might have played it differently. You have a split-second to react and you play it on instinct.

It was a fantastic win. The boys did really well to get 20 wickets. The patience and the skill they showed was fantastic and we backed them up well in the field.

It'll be another challenge this week at Trent Bridge. We are confident on the back of the Lord's win but the West Indies will come back at us hard.

For me, the Trent Bridge Test is another opportunity. Hopefully I will take it and score some runs for England.

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