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Jonny Bairstow indicates he is keen on Ashes return

Sports Lounge Staff



Jonny Bairstow

England’s multi-format middle-order batter Jonny Bairstow’s chances of being part of the national team for the home Ashes series have brightened as he says his recovery from a freak injury is on “right track”.

Bairstow had broken his leg and dislocated his ankle when he slipped on a golf course in September last year and missed the T20 World Cup in Australia and the subsequent away Test tour of Pakistan.

The grievous injury saw the 33-year-old break his fibula in three places, which required complicated surgical intervention. With the Ashes scheduled at home in June-July this year, a fully-fit Bairstow should be an automatic choice in the squad as the firepower he lends to England’s batting is unmatched.

“It’s (injury) a bit more complicated than just breaking your leg, but that’s just one of the things that you deal with. Everyone has been dealt a card, everyone has challenges put in front of them, but it’s just another thing you can overcome.” He added that while the long layoff has not quite affected his morale, staying at home, at times, became boring.

“It’s been a lot different (post the injury), taking the injury away from it, not being … on planes and flying everywhere and being around a group of lads, being at home has been a lot different.

“It’s been quite good at times, it’s been quite boring at times.” Bairstow said that a day before he slipped on the golf course, white-ball coach Matthew Mott and skipper Jos Buttler were discussing with him the prospects of opening the innings in T20Is.

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