“Wasn’t Facing Bowling Of This Standard”: Ex-England Spinner On Jonny Bairstow

Written by Abhishek Patil

England batter Jonny Bairstow, who was playing an attacking brand of cricket against New Zealand, was expected to do the same against India in the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston. However, this has not been the case so far, as Bairstow has been bogged down by the quality of the Indian attack. The right-handed batter has played 47 balls so far, scoring just 12.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann said that Bairstow is looking a shadow of the player who was smashing it last week as he was not facing bowling of this standard.

“Jonny Bairstow looks a shadow of the player who was smashing it against New Zealand last week. He wasn’t facing bowling of this standard,” said Swann while doing commentary on Day 2 of the ongoing Test for the Sony Sports Network.

At stumps on Day 2, England’s score read 84/5 and they are still trailing by 332 runs with Jonny Bairstow (12*) and Ben Stokes (0*) at the crease.

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