Jonny Bairstow AXED: England ace is fighting for Test future after New Zealand tour snub and is set for crunch talks with national selector Ed Smith
Jonny Bairstow will have crunch talks about his future with national selector Ed Smith after being dramatically dropped from England's Test tour of New Zealand.
Smith and fellow selector James Taylor will go to Leeds on Wednesday to meet Bairstow after England decided to not just take the wicketkeeping gloves from him, but to discard him as a batsman for the two Tests in November.
Bairstow retains his place for the five Twenty20 internationals that precede the Tests, but only because Jos Buttler, who will replace him as Test keeper, is rested. And Bairstow must compete for the T20 gloves with the recalled Sam Billings.
Jonny Bairstow will have crunch talks about his future with national selector Ed Smith
'This is an opportunity for Jonny to re-set and work on a few things,' said Smith, who broke the news to Bairstow on Monday by phone.
'I'm choosing my words carefully. He hasn't been rested. That would be a cop-out. But I will go up and see him and tell him he has a fantastic future in Test cricket. I do believe he is a top-quality batsman and I predict he will come back stronger.'
England named four uncapped players in their 15-man squad —openers Dom Sibley of Warwickshire and Zak Crawley of Kent, plus Lancashire bowling duo Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
Smith (above) and fellow selector James Taylor will go to Leeds on Wednesday to meet player