Bairstow wants England to be "honest, stronger and tougher” after another collapse

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26 Dec 2021 | 11:52 AM
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Bairstow wants England to be "honest, stronger and tougher” after another collapse

He said things might have been different if England would have won the toss and asked Australia to bat first

Another day, another batting collapse for England! The Joe Root-led side, who are already two-nil behind in the Ashes series, were bundled out for just 185 on day one of the must-win third Test. Playing his first game of the tour, Jonny Bairstow wants his team to be “honest, stronger and tougher” after being bowled out in 65.1 overs.

"We've got to get a bit stronger and tougher with our dismissals. We've spoken about that and that's just being honest with ourselves. We need to keep doing that and when we come to the second innings we're going to have to put more on our wickets," said Bairstow, who scored 35 before falling to Mitchell Starc.

Wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler, in particular, was criticised heavily after throwing his wicket away with a wild hack at Nathan Lyon in the last over before tea. "It's an individual decision. If it's the game-plan to take the off-spinner down and put pressure back on by getting fielders back then that's the plan that was taken," said Bairstow.

"I don't think it's for me to explain other people's dismissals other than it's individuals going out and playing the best way they see to score runs and that's what it's about. Naturally the execution wasn't there today so it's something we will reassess for next time.

"Everyone is trying. We have individual methods and training techniques to implement. Why is it so difficult? Well both sides were going to bowl first and it was overcast and the pitch wasn't great. I thought they bowled well but we can come back in the morning and apply the same pressure on them.

"It's about each of us finding a way of scoring runs. There's no one way. You look at various techniques and ways of doing it over here there's not one method. It's about seeing the best way of scoring runs and spending time in the middle."

Bairstow said things might have been different if England captain Joe Root would have won the toss and asked Australia to bat first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "When you look at the toss, that didn't go our way. We're still searching for that big score but we'd have also looked at having a bowl on that pitch with conditions this morning. 

"We're bowling on the same pitch as they did and we've seen it offer plenty throughout the day so we'll come back tomorrow and hopefully we'll put pressure on them to get some early inroads."

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