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Jonny Bairstow defends England’s rotation despite Sam Curran setback | England in India 2020-21


Jonny Bairstow has defended England’s rotation policy even though it emerged that Sam Curran has been scrapped from the rest of the Test series in India due to logistical difficulties stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Surrey off-roader took a break after last month’s tour of Sri Lanka, as part of the rotation policy, with a plan to get it in time for the final test match in Ahmedabad that begins on March 4.

Instead, Curran will now arrive in India with other limited-limit players on a private charter flight in time for the Twenty20 and ODI matches. As there are currently no commercial flights between the UK and Ahmedabad, any trip would involve changing planes, a stopover, and an increased risk of the player being exposed to Covid-19.

The latest setback follows the aftermath of Joe Root’s clumsy writing of Moeen Ali’s departure and the subsequent apology from Root and England coach Chris Silverwood.

Chris Woakes must now fly back to the UK after the third test, possibly having spent seven weeks in India and Sri Lanka without getting a game, his place is now not taken by Curran. Woakes was originally supposed to go home after the second test and return for the ODIs, but he will stay for another test as cover.

Woakes, understandably miserable about the way his winter turned out, was unlucky enough to have shared a taxi with Moeen Ali from the West Midlands to Heathrow before leaving for the Sri Lanka tour. Moeen tested positive upon arrival in Sri Lanka and Woakes was considered a close contact, so he had to isolate himself.

However, Bairstow, back with England after his own time at home, defended the rotation system and pointed out the advantages of players having a break.

“The benefit is that you can go home, sleep in your own bed, cook your own food, be with your family and have a complete mental renewal,” she said. “Your [the press] Know how difficult it was to not be able to leave the hotel all summer, not be able to leave the hotel all winter, go down to a dining room and sit at separate tables, not necessarily have the food that you would choose to cook at home. So getting home to refresh yourself mentally and physically is really important.

“There are 17 events in this calendar year, there is the whole English summer, then I think there is Bangaldesh and Pakistan, then the T20 World Cup, and at the end the Ashes, so at some point people are going to have to take a little rest or you will have people in so many months or years exhausted mentally and physically “.

Bairstow, who lost his red-ball contract last year, canceled his proposed Big Bash stint to go with England to Sri Lanka. “There is a reason why I went to Sri Lanka, there is a reason why I am here in India. That’s hopefully getting it right and playing test cricket for England. If you do well, you will be rewarded by getting your contract back. “

When asked if he would have turned down a layoff had he been offered the option, after taking his place at No. 3 in Sri Lanka after 13 months out of red ball cricket, he played a straight bat. “There are buts and yes, they told me it was my break, I don’t know the conversations that have been had with Mo. Naturally you don’t want to leave because you are playing, but if you are physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, you can get injured, you can lose shape “.

Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Bairstow for the 2021 IPL on Thursday, admitting it was keeping an eye on the auction and some of the huge amounts of money that made it “very difficult for anyone to turn down.” He was delighted to see Moeen conquered by Chennai Super Kings. “The qualities that Mo has are worth every penny and it’s great to see him go for that amount,” Bairstow said.

He also highlighted the benefits of playing IPL cricket. “If the guys go to IPL and improve their skills, that doesn’t mean it’s just T20 skills. He is improving his skills for ODI cricket and test cricket as well, playing alongside some of the best players in the world, not to mention in similar conditions to what we are currently playing and especially with a T20 World Cup looming here. in India. . Covers all three formats. “

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