ENG vs IND 2018: Jonny Bairstow believes its unfair to compare England Test and ODI teams

England won the bilateral ODI series against India.

Jonny Bairstow. (Getty)

Jonny Bairstow, the England wicketkeeper-batsman has recently stated that comparing the England ODI and Test teams is completely unfair. 

The ODI team has tasted tremendous success recently by winning the ODI series against India and the triangular T20Is series including Australia and New Zealand at the start of the year. They also won another bilateral ODI series against Australia just before the start of the limited-overs series against India. 

By contrast, the Test team followed up losing the Ashes by suffering a 1-0 series defeat in New Zealand and were held to a 1-1 draw by Pakistan at home.

"I think it's a bit unfair to say, 'The one-day team's doing this, the Test team's doing that' – the one-day team's been together and pretty stable for the last couple of years now," Bairstow said.

"The group of players have been together and building. You look back three years ago and people were saying the same things about that".

"There's an overlap of players between the Test and the "one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence."

"Playing against the number two side in the world when you're ranked at one there's always pressure on it and to win that series was something we set out to do.

"We will take confidence from that into the Test team but at the same time it's something that we know with Test cricket is completely different.

"It's a different formula, a different game and different personnel within the team."

England and Bairstow will both now look forward to the Test series against India starting from August 1. The last time India toured England back in 2014, England won the series 3-1. This time around as well England will look to get the better of India with Test specialists, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson adding more edge to the England team. 

(Inputs from Sportstar


By Anshuman Roy - 21 Jul, 2018

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