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Bairstow still has keeper hopes

22nd November 2018, 11:09 by Nick Harris

Jonny Bairstow has not given up hope of reclaiming the England wicketkeeper role from Ben Foakes in the future.

The Yorkshire ace has had a nightmare tour of Sri Lanka, losing his place in both the one-day and Test teams after damaging ankle ligaments in training at the start of the tour.

Jos Butler stepped in for the ODI games and Foakes did the same in the first Test.

Bairstow was fit and available for the second Test but Foakes, after a century in the opener, kept his place in the side and will keep wicket in the third and final Test, which gets underway on Friday.

Bairstow, though, has not given up hope of getting his old job back after being recalled to the team as a specialist batsman for the clash in Colombo, saying: "I'm working on both my primary skills.

"You don't know what's round the corner.

"You don't know how make-up of sides work, or how injuries happen.

"The last two and a half years I've been in the team, and it was only three Tests ago I was in the top 10 batters in the world. And then you're not playing.

"Naturally, you're going to be disappointed, but it's about how you manage that disappointment, especially when you're around the group.

"You don't want to be going around sulking. If you're sapping the energy from the group, that's not a good thing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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.

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