England wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow has backed England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decisions to appoint Joe Root as a captain of the side, but said that former captain Alastair Cook’s job has been undervalued. Bairstow also said that Cook’s influence, especially his Test, wins in India, should not be understated by any means and he has done a phenomenal job for England.
After five years and 59 record tests as the skipper of the English side, Alastair Cook stepped down as the captain of the side followed by his five lost out of the last six matches that he skippered the side.
Jonny Bairstow joined the former England Test captain Alastair Cook to attend the launch of Foster’s new cricket inspired escape room game, entitled ‘The Melbourne 1888 Challenge’.
He said that it will be an exciting time for England team to play under Joe Root, whose first stint as a captain begins with the South African tour in the month of July 2017. Jonny also said that they should not forget the amazing job that Cook did for England in the five years.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Jonny said, “It’s obviously an exciting time for us all. But let’s not forget the amazing job that Cookie did. To captain the side for five years, to win in India, to score a number of runs that he did while the captain was a phenomenal job. And that’s kind of gone understated if I’m honest. But it’s an exciting time for us moving forward, everyone’s behind Joe.”
The English keeper Jonny Bairstow further added, “There’ll be a wealth of experience for him to call upon, obviously with Cookie opening and Broady (Stuart Broad), Jimmy (Anderson) and the rest of the guys now having played a decent amount of Test cricket.”
Bairstow added that the playing style would be different but the structure might just remain the same as the change in captaincy and it is natural. The English wicket-keeper batsman further stated, “So there’s going to be a stamp that he makes on it, that’s only natural, it’s going to be Joe’s way and Joe’s way of captaining, and leading the side where he wants to take the team.”
The wicket-keeper batsman also admitted that it would be a huge surprise for him that his name will be in the England's playing XI as he is aware of the management’s plans for the Champions Trophy. However, Bairstow further added that he would hard work to find his place in the team like other.
When asked about his chances in the ICC Champions Trophy, Bairstow said, “Every time I play I want to score as many runs as I can, I want to influence the game. So I’m not really thinking about selection too much. If that’s the case then so be it. I’m just happy that when I’m playing I’m trying to contribute. So if I’m in the side, then fantastic, if I’m not then I’ll be working hard to try and get myself in the team.”
It is known that the English side would enter in the multi-nation ODI tournament as favourites, as being the home side and knowing the conditions slightly better than the other seven teams in the competition, and the hosts will try in all circumstances to win the trophy.