Bairstow backing Archer to keep England flying
Jonny Bairstow is backing Jofra Archer to keep putting England in winning positions ahead of a clash with Sri Lanka at the England keeper-batsman’s home ground Headingley.
Archer only became eligible to play for England this year but has been a revelation on the T20 circuit for some time and has adapted immediately to the demands of international cricket and has taken 12 wickets in his first five World Cup games.
“Jofra’s obviously got great skills and attributes as a fast bowler. At any time, he can produce a yorker, bouncer or slower ball. His technical ability coupled with his pace means he is very hard to bat against. Hopefully he can keep taking wickets to put us in match winning positions.”
Ahead of the first fixture of the tournament in Leeds, Bairstow went on to reveal both his pre-match superstitions and how one of his Yorkshire teammates is the messiest in the England team.
“Pre-match rituals? For me, I put my left shoe on first, left sock on first and left pad on first – not sure why, I just always have and it stuck with me. Now if I do it any other way it feels a bit odd.
“As for the who’s the messiest in the changing room, for me it’s Adil Rashid!”
Bairstow, who is looking forward to playing at his home ground on Friday, said: “My favourite place in the stadium has to be the Western Terrace. A couple of years ago, 16 of my mates all came dressed as me chanting some very random things. I kept getting told off for not concentrating enough in the middle – they were making me laugh!”
For fans travelling to watch the cricket in Leeds this summer make sure you don’t miss out some of the best locations Leeds has to offer and check out Jonny’s top destinations in the city to enjoy before and after the match:
- Best for post-match celebrations – Manahatta, Headingley
- Best for Shopping and Restaurants – Victoria Quarter
- Best for City Centre events– Millennium Square, which plays host to the official ICC Cricket World Cup Fan Zone on Friday 21st June
Jonny Bairstow, with Booking.com, Accommodation and Attractions Booking Partner for the ICC Cricket World Cup, was touring his favourite locations in Leeds for travelling cricket fans to check-out this summer.
Nkrumah Bonner says footwork is key to West Indies overcoming spin
The West Indies have little time to turn things around.
Why Shane Warne thinks Cricket Australia have opened themselves up to ridicule
Are Australia becoming a laughing stock?
India on top in tight first Test battle against the Black Caps
Axar Patel’s five-for put India back on top.
Pakistan bat themselves into control of Test against Bangladesh
Pakistan’s openers were unmoved.
Michael Vaughan apologises for hurt Azeem Rafiq has gone through in racism case
Vaughan has been taken off the BBC’s Ashes coverage amid the racism claims.
On this day: Australia batter Phillip Hughes dies at age of 25 after being struck by ball
Hughes died from a brain haemorrhage after being hit by a ball while batting two days previously.
West Indies to blood young stars on white ball tour of Pakistan
Allrounder Odean Smith is among the uncapped players in the squad.
ECB chief Tom Harrison: Cricket must look at alcohol culture
The ECB released details of the game-wide action plan to tackle racism and discrimination in the sport on Friday.
ECB unveils action plan to tackle discrimination, what is next for cricket?
The game-wide response to racism was finally published on Friday after two delays this week.
The Netherlands set to abandon South Africa tour after washed out ODI
The Netherlands will be cutting their tour short having played just one abandoned match.