Bairstow withdraws from squad

by Thomas

Jonny-Bairstow-out-of-indian-ODIsEngland batsman Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out the One Day International series in India next month on compassionate grounds due to a member of his family falling ill.

It has been a very disappointing winter for Bairstow, who scored just nine in his only Test innings against the Indians, and was then left out of the Twenty20 matches before returning home to be with his family.

His absence means that Jos Butler will now be the back-up wicket-keeper to Craig Kieswetter and there is no doubt that England will miss the quality of Bairstow as he has the ability to take a game away from a side.

He is expected to return to the squad for the tour of New Zealand at the end of January.
Bairstow’s Yorkshire team-mate, Joe Root has been called into the squad and that is an early birthday present for the batsman as he turns 22 on Sunday.

Root was involved in the Test match in Nagpur of course and impressed, scoring 73 and 20 not out to help England clinch a famous series victory. He has never played ODI cricket before though and it will be interesting to see how he handles the shorter format of the game.

If Root’s Test performance is anything to go by, it is likely that he will come into this one with no fear and look to attack the opposition, which could prove to be the right tactic. The series gets underway on January 11 and make no doubt about it – India are out for revenge.

If we look at some of the betting for these ODI’s, you will see that India are the favourites to claim a victory as they are at 2/5 to come out on top.

You can then get odds of 7/4 on England claiming the bragging rights after five matches, which could be good value, with an unlikely draw at 17/4.

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