Jonny Bairstow feels England profited from cautious start against Bangladesh
England were mindful not to lose an early wicket for the third game in a row,
Jonny Bairstow believes a calm start with the bat put England on the road to victory against Bangladesh.
The World Cup hosts posted a heavy first-innings total of 386 for eight at Cardiff, the highest of the tournament to date, building around a century opening stand between Bairstow and Jason Roy.
The latter went on to dominate proceedings, smashing five of his side’s 14 sixes in a bruising knock of 153, but there was plenty of hard work to do before the floodgates opened.
The pair were unusually cautious against the new ball, mindful not to lose an early wicket for the third game in a row, but hit the accelerator once set.
“We had 15 off five overs, I wouldn’t exactly say we were ‘going off’ at the start,” admitted Bairstow, who took nine deliveries to get off the mark then reached a run-a-ball half-century.
“It was one of the slowest starts we’ve had but to then catch up and play in the way we did, it wasn’t a case of running down the wicket trying to slog it, they were just good cricket shots.
“That is just what we have done over a period of time. There’s nothing that’s really changed from that mentality, whether we’re facing spin or seam.
“I think we’ve played better but there’s always going to be things you try to improve on.”
Bairstow was called on to take the wicketkeeping gloves for the Bangladesh innings, with regular gloveman Jos Buttler resting after injuring his right hip while batting.
England will monitor the latter over the coming days and are likely to leave it late before deciding whether or not Buttler is fit to take on the West Indies next Friday.
Whoever ends up behind the stumps at the Rose Bowl can expect a busy shift, with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both hitting 95mph against Bangladesh, with Ben Stokes not far behind.
“It was good to be standing a long way back. It’s great to have that theatre in the game,” he said.
“You’ve got three guys who touched 90 mph in our bowling attack and then Chris Woakes touched 87. It’s a good place to be when good all the lads are firing.”