Bairstow backed to succeed
Ian Bell has backed Jonny Bairstow to succeed at three for England but has warned him there will be some low scores.
Bairstow appears to be the latest in a long line of players to try and fill the troublesome No.3 slot in the side and, although he got a century in Sri Lanka recently, it will be much harder against Australia next summer.
Bell, who still harbours hopes himself of an England recall, says it's a tough position but has backed the Yorkshireman to succeed although he would prefer to see him lower down the order.
He told the Independent: "It’s a critical position but it also doesn’t help if the opening partnership isn’t settled - and that probably hasn’t happened since (Andrew) Strauss and (Alastair) Cook were at the top of the order.
"But there’s no doubt that he (Jonny) has got the ability. But there are going to be some tough days as well. That’s going to happen when you’re at the top of the order - you’re going to get some good deliveries and some low scores.
"If he can get his head around that then he has the ability to do it. I’m a big Jonny Bairstow fan but what do I think his best position is? Probably five or six.
"He’s an attacking player and that’s probably his more natural position.
"If you give him a platform then he’s going to score at a good rate. But sometimes as a player you just have to take what’s on offer and he has definitely done that."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.