Jonny Bairstow says Tests still his priority despite fears for long-form game

first_imgShare via Email Share on Messenger Read more Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Jonny Bairstow “If we’re not careful, there are going to be more and more people [giving up red-ball cricket],” he said. “You’ve got lucrative tournaments to go off for five weeks and earn a heck of a lot of money with the strain and stress on the body of bowling only fours overs comparative to 24 in a day in Test cricket.”Anderson concurred with that assessment, telling BBC Sport: “The way that cricket is going and the amount of Twenty20 cricket that there is around the world, there is that worry that more and more people will start doing it. I just hope and pray there is enough love for Test cricket out there, not just the players that are playing at the moment but players coming through still having the ambition and drive to play Test cricket in the future.”Bairstow put himself in the auction for this year’s Indian Premier League but did not land a deal. Had he done so, Bairstow would not have missed any England engagements – unlike Alex Hales and Adil Rashid, who cannot press Test claims while playing only limited-overs. Share on WhatsApp England cricket team Hales and Rashid heighten existential angst around cricket’s future … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Jonny Bairstow has said that he prizes his Test career above all else. His comments come as James Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker of all-time, expressed his fears for the future of the format.Bairstow, England’s one-day international opener and Test wicketkeeper, excels in all versions – as 62 white-ball appearances for his country demonstrate. But 50 Test caps stand most proud for the 28-year-old, who sees the obvious threat from Twenty20 franchise competitions to the well-being of the longest format.center_img Topics England in New Zealand 2018 Share on LinkedIn news Ben Stokes steers improved England to comfortable win over New Zealand Share on Facebook Cricket Share on Pinterest “I won’t be going down that route just yet – we can put that to bed for the next few years at least,” Bairstow said. “We need to back individuals’ decisions … you can’t force people into playing things. But I want to play all formats for England – I have put a lot of time and effort into white and red-ball cricket over a long period of time to get into the teams and play for England. That’s what I want to do for a long time.”In the immediate term, Bairstow will be helping England’s bid for a 2-1 lead in Saturday’s third ODI against New Zealand in Wellington.He will be fit despite having twisted his ankle when, in a moment he likens to Glenn McGrath’s injury warming up at Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes, he stepped on his own water bottle while fielding on the boundary in Wednesday’s win at Mount Maunganui. Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more