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I don't know how I nail a place in the team: Bairstow

By Rashmi Nanda -

England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is confident that his side has the talent to win the Champions Trophy 2017 on their home soil as well they can also claim their stake for the World Cup within two years.

Ahead of the first warm-up match of the One-Day International series against West Indies, Bairstow said that he believed England have a "special" squad which would challenge for the next two global One-Day trophies.

England will play the first warm-up on 25 Feb (Saturday) and the second warm-up game on 27 February against the West Indies Board XI in St. Kitts in preparation for three One-Day Internationals series which will start from 3 March 2017.

England already had the first training session of the trip on 23 Feb. After the session, Bairstow said, "This is an opportunity to carry on building to the Champions Trophy. We've played some very good one-day cricket over the last 18 months. Yes, the conditions will be different in England but you can't change a winning mindset."

He further added, "To get back on that winning path starts this weekend with the warm-up games. We know if we put the performances together, there's no reason why we can't go and win the Champions Trophy and a World Cup because the group of players we've got, I firmly believe, is special. You look at our scoring rates over the last 18 months - we're number one in the world."

Bairstow accepted that Eoin Morgan has a strong squad to choose from and it is difficult for him to will make the final eleven for the ODIs.

He said, "I don't know how I nail a place in the team. I've said as long as I can get into that XI, I don't care where I bat. I'd like to think the form I've been in over the last 18 months is strong enough to push my case."

Ahead of the Champions Trophy in 2016, England will play just two ODIs against Ireland and three against South Africa after the three matches in the Caribbean.

After losing the three-match ODI series in India, England will be looking to get back to winning ways against the West Indies.

Jos Buttler said that they are trying to play a brand of cricket as well want to win the Champions Trophy 2017.

He stated,  "Yes, it's about results, we're in the results business. We want to keep building the way we are playing. We don't want to hide behind 'we're trying to play a brand of cricket and results don't matter' because there's the Champions Trophy that we really want to win."

Jos added, "So results are key now but the results will come by staying true to the fashion we are trying to force ourselves to play. We've talked a lot about having a very talented group but everyone's got a few games under their belt now. The side's really matured and it's an exciting time."