Nasser Hussain wants Jonny Bairstow to prove his worth
By SMCS - Sep 2, 2021 3:00 pm
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said that Jonny Bairstow should return to his best with the wicket-keeping responsibilities for the fourth Test against India. Notably, Jos Buttler hasn’t been a part of the clash at The Oval to attend the birth of his second child as well.

jonny bairstow
Jonny Bairstow

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow has been struggling with his form, since their trip to India earlier this year. He did not take part in the team that played against New Zealand in a two-match series. Hussain, meanwhile, stated how Bairstow did well earlier and he has backed him to prove that in the fourth test.

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While writing for his column in The Daily Mail, Hussain wrote: “It has become a bit of a Bairstow cliche, but probably with good reason: he’s never better than when he has a point to prove. So I’d be saying to him, ‘Well done, Jonny, you’re back where you want to be. Now go out and show why you’re still one of the best red-ball batsmen in the country.”

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow

“As he’s discovered since Jos Buttler finally became England’s Test keeper after the 2019 Ashes, specialist batsmen are more vulnerable after a few failures. The gloves can be a sort of insurance. Hold five catches and a duck might be more easily overlooked,” Nasser Hussain further added.

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“But he still needs to deliver with a big innings. In this series, his scores have been 29, 30, 57, 2 and 29. Not bad, but he’s got himself in several times without going on to three figures. He knows he can do better.””That’s why he needs to forget he’s got the gloves again and focus on backing up what many pundits in this country believe — he’s a serious batsman, one of England’s best, and is capable of big hundreds,” Nasser Hussain concluded.

The fourth Test of the five-match Test series is to take place from September 2.