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Bairstow has great chance of playing in all formats - Paul Farbrace

Bairstow has great chance of playing in all formats - Paul Farbrace
Jonny Bairstow was phenomenal for England in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Leeds.
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England assistant coach Paul Farbrace stated that if wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow continues his form in Test cricket, it will not be long before he becomes a permanent fixture in all three formats of the game.

In the first Test against Sri Lanka in Leeds, Bairstow played an incredible knock of 140 runs and rescued England from the ignominy of a low total.

With James Anderson leading the charge for the fast bowlers, Bairstow had an excellent Test behind the stumps as well, claiming nine catches across the two innings.

Expressing his view that Bairstow is the kind of player who thrives on the big moments, Farbrace is hoping that the 26-year-old has a long and successful career for England.

"You could argue he should be in all forms of our game," Farbrace told the British media.

"If he keeps playing like that then he gives himself a great chance.

"He is like most cricketers in that he thrives on confidence.

"He is loving the big occasion.

"The big thing is to play your own way. We are not trying to complicate it.

"With Jonny it is: 'good luck, go and play.'

"It must be a brilliant place for him. Let’s hope he keeps going for a number of years."

Due to his recent performances, Bairstow has secured the spot behind the stumps for the foreseeable future and Jos Buttler will have to work hard to fight his way back into the Test side.

Buttler was dropped from the Test side after the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates following a poor run in the format where he scored 430 runs from 12 games in 2015 at an average of 23.88.

However, Buttler has done well limited overs cricket and if he does make a comeback into the Test side, England will be well served with a batsman of his calibre.

Farbrace admitted that the team management has thought of pushing Bairstow to number five and accommodating Buttler but are wary of dislodging players from positions where they have found success.

However, Farbrace also feels that it will be quite exciting if England manage to include both Bairstow and Buttler in the same playing XI.

"We have had a lot of discussions with our top order talking about getting the balance right.

"If you can get Bairstow and Buttler in the same side that would be very exciting.

"We have talked about whether Jonny should bat at five.

"It is a bit like (Joe) Root: when they are playing that well where do you bat them?

"Generally your best players bat at three.

"But he is playing out of his boots at four so maybe leave him reasonably happy with that."

England will take on Sri Lanka in Durham in the second Test which gets underway on 27th May with Chris Woakes joining up with the squad in place of the injured Ben Stokes.

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