Former England spinner Graeme Swann has explained why Jonny Bairstow is currently struggling against India in the ongoing Test at Edgbaston.
Jonny Bairstow (courtesy: Reuters)
- Bairstow was one of England’s stars in New Zealand whitewash
- He has scored just 12 runs in 47 balls against India in the current Test.
- Swann claims Bairstow is a shadow of himself in the ongoing match against India
Graeme Swann has said that Jonny Bairstow is struggling against India as they have not faced a bowling lineup of this quality in recent times.
All eyes were on Bairstow ahead of the ongoing game against India as he was one of the stars in England’s 3-0 thrashing of New Zealand in the recently concluded Test series. The right-handed batsman played a memorable innings of 136 off 92 balls as his team chased down 299 to win the match in Nottingham.
He made his mark in the third and final match against the Kiwis as he scored 162 for the first time in the first innings to save England from a batting collapse and then scored the second-fastest fifty in the history of Test cricket. Balls Bairstow also had a strike rate of 120.12 in the series.
However, this is in stark contrast to the innings he is currently playing in the ongoing Test against India where he has scored 12 runs off 47 balls. Bairstow has found it difficult to go against the pace attack led by Jasprit Bumrah at Edgbaston.
Swann commented on the wicketkeeper’s innings while doing commentary duty for Sony Sports Network. The former England spinner said that Bairstow looks like a shadow of himself from the series against New Zealand and added that he is struggling at the moment as he has not faced this level of bowling.
“Jonny Bairstow looks like a shadow of the player who was smashing it against New Zealand last week. He was not facing bowling of this standard,” said Swann.
The 32-year-old, along with Ben Stokes, has a huge task ahead of him on the third day of the rearranged Test. England are currently at 84 for five in reply to India’s first innings score of 416. The pair is the last recognized batting pair of the hosts and it will be a big effort to bring both the men to a decent total.