SL v ENG 2018: Willing to grit it out in Sri Lanka, says Jonny Bairstow

England will have to counter the challenge of spin in tough conditions on their full tour of the Island nation.

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has said that England are willing to fight hard against the host on their upcoming full tour of Sri Lanka and are looking forward to "grit it out" in the likely tough conditions, which they'll come across over the next few weeks in the island nation. 

Even though the wickets in the limited overs game don't turn as much as they do in Test matches, Bairstow says, the visitors aren't leaving any stone unturned in order to be ripe and adequately prepared for what is to come. 

"If you look at the pitches for South Africa( the recently gone by home series for Sri Lanka) they looked like good cricket pitches, Whether they change their tactics and produce pitches that are slightly different for us... so be it." Bairstow told the reporters on Thursday, October 4, "We've got to prepare like that's the case. Yes, we'd like to play on good pitches and yes, we'd like to have high-scoring games but we're prepared to guts it out and grit it out if needed."

"Both teams have to bat and bowl on them, whether it's batting first or bowling first, under lights or through the day." he added, "We've experienced these challenges before in India and Bangladesh and come out on top, so we're confident going into the series. We like to think the majority of our players have experienced conditions around the world."

England will embark on their 5 ODIs, 1 T20I and 3 Tests tour of Sri Lanka, with the first One-Day International at Dambulla starting October 10. 

(Inputs from ESPNcricinfo)


By Kashish Chadha - 05 Oct, 2018

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