England consider changing Jonny Bairstow’s role for Pakistan series


London, May 13 (TNS): As the English cricket team look to put a disastrous winter behind them, thoughts have turned to the upcoming home series against Pakistan and tweaking of the batting order could be made in an attempt to revitalise their test team, British media reported on Sunday.

One man who may benefit from any changes is Surrey’s wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. Regarded as the finest gloveman in the country, he may be asked to keep wicket against Pakistan if the current incumbent Jonny Bairstow is moved up the order, according to the Daily Mail.

Bairstow has been a revelation with the bat in recent seasons and was one of the few bright spots in a winter campaign that saw England relinquish the Ashes after a 4-0 drubbing before falling to a narrow series defeat to New Zealand.

The 28-year-old Yorkshireman struck a fine century during the last Test in Christchurch and thought has turned at how to make best use of his exceptional batting ability.

Employed primarily as a wicketkeeper-batsman over the last few years has meant the talented right-hander has been usually coming in to bat as low as No.7 and hence he is often having to bat with the tail.

Deep consideration is now being given to moving Bairstow up the order to No.5, especially in the light of the good start to the county championship that Foakes has made with the bat, averaging more than 60 after half-centuries in each of Surrey’s opening three matches.

New national selector Ed Smith is determined that England’s Test team will revive their fortunes this summer with intriguing series against both Pakistan and India awaiting them.

Courtesy: Daily Mail