Discarded wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow says he'll do "whatever it takes" to earn place in England's Test side back after being dropped for the tour of New Zealand in November following consistent failures in the Ashes this summer.
Bairstow averaged just 23.77 against Australia as England conceded the prestigious urn after a 2-2 drawn scoreline in the five-Test series.
"I just want to play in the team," he told Sportsmail. "[I'll do] whatever it takes to be back into the team. It is part and parcel of cricket isn't it. It's not the first time I've been dropped so I'll be going away working on my game and trying to get back into the squad."
While Bairstow remains an integral part of England's white-ball squad as being picked for the T20I leg of the Kiwi tour suggests, the 30-year-old says wearing the Test jersey again in South Africa in December is his main priority.
"I enjoy my T20. New Zealand is an amazing place to tour and I can't wait to get back out there. Absolutely, without a doubt though South Africa is my next goal," he said. "It's a fantastic place to play cricket and we want to get back over there. It's an amazing country, an amazing place to play and I have some very fond memories over there."
Yorkshireman Bairstow has been selected to play for Cardiff-based Welsh Fire in the next year's inaugural edition of The Hundred.
"It's good to know who I am representing. The Welsh Fire have got the orange and red kit and it matches my lid!" he said.
"Cardiff is an amazing place to play cricket – I made my debut there for England in 2011 so I've got some very fond memories of playing down there and I'm excited to get going."
"Gary Kirsten is the head coach so it'll be exciting to work with him and work on my game," Bairstow concluded.
(Inputs from Sportsmail)