Jonny Bairstow is set to open along with Alex Hales in the first ODI against West Indies at Old Trafford, conforms England captain Eoin Morgan. Regular opener Jason Roy was dropped after a sting of poor performances and also got out for a duck in the one-off T20I against West Indies recently. Morgan says that Bairstow deserves the chance to cement his place in the opening slot.
“Jonny is going to open with Alex Hales,” Morgan told reporters at Old Trafford, according to supersport.com. “We feel Jonny deserves a chance. He’s been waiting in the wings for quite a while now. This is an opportunity to make the opening position his.”
This will be England’s first ODI since they suffered defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the ICC Champions trophy 2017 at Sophia Gardens. Bairstow’s innings was England’s only saving grace in that match. England recently beat West Indies 2-1 in the 3-match Test series, but the England captain realises that there are a few changes in their side in the form of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels to name a few, which makes them a bit stronger.
“They’re a strong outfit, (and) obviously have some additions, changes from the test team – so they’re not a side we take lightly,” said Morgan. “A lot of our focus over the last couple of years has been on ourselves. I think to make that extra step, learning on from the Champions Trophy, this series for us is about producing consistent performances.”