England’s Jonny Bairstow heads back to the England to prepare for the World Cup in decent form, after a remarkably successful stint in India with his IPL franchise.
Alongside his opening partner, David Warner, the two have performed remarkably. Between them they had scored 71% of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s total runs, when Bairstow departed.
Bairstow has now headed back to England to start preparing for the World Cup, where he will be looking to play a major role in securing England’s first ever 50 Over World Cup win.
It’s not always been this positive for Bairstow though. His recent red ball cricket form hasn’t been as prolific as he would have liked, or expected. His record with England is decent, but not a great one.
A Test average of 36.96 for a man of his ability, really isn’t good enough. When we get to white ball cricket though, it’s a totally different matter. In international T20s, he averages 27, but it’s in 50 Over cricket that he really excels.
In the longer white ball format he averages a decent looking 46.04, with a strike rate of 105. That might not sound like a huge strike rate, but over 50 Overs, it is good enough.
To compare it with a like for like, David Warner’s strike rate is less than a run a ball (96.55). The Australian also averages less than his English counterpart, currently at 43.43.
Bairstow In Prime Form Ahead Of World Cup
In cricket world cup betting, England are the favourites at 9/4. India are 3/1, with Australia at 4/1. One of the main reasons England are favourites is down to the form of Jonny Bairstow.
Bairstow has nailed down the England openers spot over the last 18 months, after previously having to sit it out on the sidelines while Jason Roy and Alex Hales, occupied the two spaces at the top of the team.
That argument has well and truly been put to bed now, and it’s Roy and Hales who have to fight for the right to partner Bairstow at the top of the innings. Surrey’s Jason Roy is currently in pole position in that battle.
Such is the form of Jonny Bairstow, the best betting sites for cricket have him at 14/1 to be the top batsman, cricket world cup betting. Other names in the mix to be the top run scorer are Virat Kohli at 7/1, and Joe Root, David Warner, and Rohit Sharma, all at 12/1.
IPL Debut Success
Bairstow’s IPL debut couldn’t really have gone much better. Picked up for a modest £250,000 (modest by IPL standards, Sam Curran went for £800,000), Bairstow has been an absolute bargain.
Not only has he kept wicket well for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he has produced one of the most productive opening partnerships in the IPL, alongside David Warner. This wasn’t one anybody really seen coming, least of all Bairstow.
How wrong we all were though. By the time Bairstow left the tournament to join up with England, he was the second highest run scorer in the competition. Ironically, second only to opening partner, David Warner.
Bairstow had smashed 445 runs from his 10 innings, with a highest score of 114 (56 balls). He averaged 55.62, with a tidy strike rate of 157.24. He found the boundary (4s) on a massive 48 occasions, and plunder 18 maximums (6s) during his stint in India.
The running between the wicket between Warner and Bairstow has also been telling. The pair seemed to develop an understanding very early, and clearly trusted each other’s calls. This enabled them to turn plenty of 1s into 2s, a huge advantage in T20 cricket.
Quite how the friendship plays out over the summer, who knows. The two will now go back to being in direct conflict, with England facing Australia at least once in the World Cup (25th June, Lord’s). Then staring at the end of July, over a far longer period in the Ashes.