Jonny Bairstow targeting a prolific T20 tour to earn an England Test recall after miserable summer with the red ball
Jonny Bairstow hopes a prolific Twenty20 series on the tour of New Zealand can trigger a Test recall later this winter.
Bairstow, 30, was one of the few senior England players that set off on the long-haul trek yesterday for five matches that effectively begin the countdown to the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup.
However, when the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad make their journeys to the land of the long white cloud in a fortnight, Bairstow will be close to home time and a period in which he can address his long-form batting, having averaged just 18 in Test cricket between reclaiming the wicketkeeping gloves from Ben Foakes in St Lucia back in February and losing them to Jos Buttler post-Ashes.
Jonny Bairstow lost his place in the England Test side after a poor summer with the red ball
The wicket keeper averaged just 18 runs in Test cricket since taking on the gloves in February
'If you're scoring runs no matter the format I think it definitely influences certain things,' the Yorkshire batsman said.
'Obviously we saw Jason Roy in the summer getting picked off the back of the ODIs, a couple of years ago we saw Jos coming back into the Test arena after impressing in the IPL.
'I've now got an opportunity to go away and just work on a few things which, with the scheduling and playing all three formats over the last four or five years, has been pretty tough to do.
'I think the last time I did that was probably 2015 when everyone spoke about me coming back with my higher backlift.'
Bairstow hopes to replicate Jos Buttler's journey after his IPL form warranted an England recall
Talk then was of how an 18-month absence had revitalised his career: within a year an average of 26.95 had swelled into the 40s. However, it has plunged again to 35.26 since that golden spell of 2016-17, with concern increasing over the number of bowled dismissals suffered.
Now he needs to persuade the new England hierarchy led by Chris Silverwood that he can tighten an aggressive gameplan from which the national limited-overs teams have so benefited from.
'Look I'll be working hard - there's nothing more I can do other than work hard - that's a given. To get myself in the peak physical, mental and technical state that I can be in,' Bairstow, who has been netting against the red ball since the end of the 2019 season, added.