Cook confident Bairstow will prove his worth
Sir Alastair Cook has claimed Jonny Bairstow has what it takes to rediscover his form in Test cricket after recently being dropped.
The 30-year-old averages 35.26 in Test cricket for England and has scored 21 fifties and six hundreds since making his debut in 2012 against the West Indies.
He has failed to produce the goods in 2019 though, averaging just over 20 with the bat. Bairstow was originally dropped for the tour of New Zealand but has been recalled as back-up for the injured Joe Denly.
The Yorkshire star may not get a chance to shine, but Cook believes he will take it if one comes his way in the coming weeks.
He told Sky Sports News: "He is a world-class player. His white-ball career has flourished, but he has struggled a little bit for form in the Test arena.
"He had such an impact at the top of the order after moving up to opener a couple of years ago - he was opening the batting with David Warner in the IPL - but I think that has probably made him stay a little bit legside of the ball and, as a consequence of that, he is probably getting bowled a little too often in the red-ball game.
"The break will do him good. He got left out of the Sri Lanka tour last year when he was injured, and he then came back in at number three and got a hundred straight away.
"It will be good for him to reassess where he's at with Test cricket. Knowing Jonny and his competitive spirit, it will give him a little kick up the backside, and he'll be back scoring runs for England because good players like him respond."
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