Jonny Bairstow suffered an injury scare in training while preparing for the 1st Test against South Africa at Lords' from an Arjun Tendulkar yorker that struck his toes. All of 17 years, Sachin Tendulkar's son, Arjun Tendulkar pinned the England superstar with his 1st delivery on the foot, leaving Jonny Bairstow hobbling out of nets after just one delivery as per a report by Daily Mail.
Arjun Tendulkar, who was picked for the U-16 West Zone squad in India, which had created quite a controversy with Pranav Dhanavade not being picked, is a left-arm seamer with a Mitchell Starc-like action. Now, England is already plagued with injuries with the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson recovering from an injury and with Chris Woakes ruled out, spinner Liam Dawson coming in his place, the last thing they wanted was an injury to the highest run-scorer in Tests in 2016, their wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.
In the second ODI between Ireland and England at Lord’s, there was another battle going on. The one between Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. This tussle has been on for a while now. The two dashing wicket-keeper/batters in England have been performing exceedingly well but there can only be one wicketkeeper in a team. While Bairstow has been able to cement his spot in the Test unit, he needed to push the extra mile to replace Buttler who is a permanent member of the ODI setup.
However, Bairstow yet again proved his worth as an effective ODI batsman on Sunday when he scored a belligerent 44-ball-72 against Ireland in the 2nd ODI. Buttler, who is not part of the squad, and is busy playing IPL in India, must have taken notice of this knock.
Courtesy Bairstow’s insane batting effort and effective contribution from other batters, England posted 328 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs while batting first. There were three fifty makers on Sunday for England in form of Captain Eoin Morgan (73 off 73 balls), Joe Root (76 off 79) and Jonny Bairstow (72 off 44).