Jonny Bairstow Axed From England Squad
Joe Root has flexed his captaincy muscles and axed the misfiring Jonny Bairstow from his Test team.
The 69-times capped Bairstow has been left reeling at the news that he must 'reset and work on a few things' if he is to continue as part of the Test team in future.
Ultimately he has paid the price for a mediocre Ashes campaign with the bat and this is where the captain and the selectors are looking for a reaction.
Bairstow's form with the bat in Test cricket has been in decline over the past two years, while his white-ball form has skyrocketed culminating in his impact at the World Cup.
National selector Ed Smith called Bairstow with the news before revealing the full squad at Lord's and said: “Jonny is one of our pre-eminent white-ball players and there's no doubt about that.