Having gained the confidence of clinching a closely contested Test at Edgbaston and then heavily dominate the proceedings at Lord's, Jonny Bairstow has wary his English teammates to not be complacent and arrogant about rest of the five-match Test series against India.
England are currently leading the series 2-0 and it is thought, in the wake on India's overall technically inapt game for conditions in the United Kingdom, that it could very well be heading towards 5-0 whitewash of the visitors.
“Yes, we have exploited the conditions and we know how to play in home conditions, but I do not think you can say that India are vulnerable." Bairstow interestingly said to The Daily Telegraph and added, "They are the number one side in the world for a reason and there is a lot of cricket still to be played in the series,”
“It is too early to be talking about 5-0. The weather could get hot again, the pitches at Southampton and the Oval could be dry. We definitely will not be taking our foot off the pedal,”
Jonny's captain Joe Root though, is definitely thinking along the lines.
“Obviously, that would be the dream — to put in five complete performances and have five wins. But, it’s important we don’t get complacent, arrogant, or look too far ahead,” Root had mentioned after the last game.
Bairstow is also happy for all-rounder Ben Stokes on being cleared of all charges of affray by the court of law in England.
“I’m really happy that the verdict has come out as it has for English cricket. It’s big for him. It’s been a long 10 months for him, for his family,” said Bairstow and concluded, “(I’m) delighted and hopefully, we can see him back in an England shirt very, very soon, because we saw the impact that he had at Edgbaston only a couple of weeks ago in the first Test.”
(Inputs from PTI)