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ENG vs IRE: “In my mind, there was no thought that I was not going to come back”

The England cricket team is set to take on Ireland in the four-day test match at the iconic Lord’s which begins on June 1 (Thursday). Jonny Bairstow is making a comeback to cricket after a terrible leg injury that has kept him out of action since August 2022. jonny bairstow will keep the grounds as management have removed Ben Foakes.

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss, opting to bowl first due to cloudy conditions. With this being a 4 day game England would try to pool Ireland under 250 runs as chasing the last one on the surface would be difficult.

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Bairstow was having an interaction with Sky Sports and was asked about his return to international cricket after the horrible injury. Bairstow said he faced some darkness during his recovery period, but he was confident of returning to cricket.

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“It’s amazing. What a special place this is; what a special feeling it is to represent England and to be back with the lads, it was as simple as a slip up… it was horrendous.” Jonny Bairstow said.

“It wasn’t easy, that day or the few months after. It’s just another chapter, isn’t it? In my mind, there was no thought that I was not coming back. [but] there were obviously some dark days.” added.

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In many ways, going up and down is easier than taking cover – Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow made it clear that he didn’t have any talks with England about playing goalkeeper as he always held wickets for Yorkshire and batted in the number 5 position. Jonny Bairstow pointed out that he had crushed 6 tons last year and it was enough to be in the game 11.

“[Keeping?] I have always saved for Yorkshire. I have not played as a specialist hitter. There was no conversation with England or Yorkshire; I held and batted five for Yorkshire over the last 13-14 years. Having scored six hundred last year, I thought I had done enough to be back in the group. Jonny Bairstow said.

Jonny Bairstow was quite happy to keep wickets rather than field with extra cover noting that up-and-down (*wicket-keeper) moves are a bit more in check than sideways.

“[Fitness?] In many ways, going up and down is probably easier than taking cover. You are able to control the movements a bit more. It’s something I enjoy doing…most of all, I’m going out there to enjoy it because the last nine months have been tough times.” Jonny Bairstow said.

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