Bairstow handed England call-up

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Jonny Bairstow has been called up to England’s squad ahead of the fifth one-day international with New Zealand after Jos Buttler split the webbing on his left hand in practice on Friday morning.

Less than 24 hours before the Royal London Series decider, Buttler had to leave practice at Emirates Durham to have protective bandage on the wound.

Despite having Kent gloveman Sam Billings in their ranks, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshireman Bairstow.

“Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Jos Buttler who has split the skin at the base of his thumb on his left hand,” said England Cricket on Twitter.

The hosts will wait to see how Buttler’s hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

Buttler has been a key part of England’s one-day international revival in the current series, hitting his country’s second fastest-ever century (from 66 balls) in their national-record 408 for nine in the opening match at Edgbaston last week, having already set the record with a ton from 61 balls against Sri Lanka last year.

“Jos Buttler will be assessed in the morning,” added England Cricket.

Bairstow has only eight ODI caps to his name, the last of which came against Ireland in the rain-abandoned fixture last month, which was his first appearance in nearly three years for England in the 50-over format.

The 25-year-old, who has also made 14 Test and 18 Twenty20 international appearances, has been overtaken in the pecking order in all formats by Jos Buttler.

But Bairstow has been in electrifying form for his county this year, averaging 80.40 and striking two centuries in six LV= County Championship innings, and it was only earlier this week he stated his aims to make a return to the international fold.

”I think the way England are playing their cricket now suits my game,” said Bairstow on Tuesday.

“In the future I believe I definitely have a role to play, whether it be next week, next month or whenever and that’s an exciting position to be in.”

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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