If there’s anyone you don’t want to rub the wrong way, it’s Bairstow: Anderson

Now, veteran England pacer James Anderson recalled the exchange of words between Kohli and Bairstow, saying that the right-handed batsman should refrain from prodding.

“Johnny was 80 not out and Virat was going up to him and sledging him a lot. I don’t know if you noticed the difference in strike-rate or not? His strike-rate was around 20 before Virat started sledging him Was and after about 150.

“His first words in the dressing room at lunchtime were: ‘When will they learn to turn this off?’ If there’s anyone you don’t want to rub the wrong way, it’s Jonny Bairstow,” Anderson said on the BBC Teleenders podcast.

Ever since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took over as England captain and coach respectively in Test cricket, Bairstow has been a standout batsman for England’s new, aggressive approach to playing the game. He is the highest run-scorer in Test cricket this year, scoring 994 runs in eight matches at an average of 76.46, including six centuries and one half-century.

Bairstow revealed that before the Test against New Zealand in June, McCullum had called him to bat at number five.

“Before we played New Zealand, there were talks about going to the IPL and not playing county cricket, but Baz (McCullum) called me, said I was batting five in the Test, to get my head around it. For.

“Baz also talked to me about imposing yourself in the game – nothing technical. It can be difficult in red-ball cricket because you don’t want to see that you’re shouting. Before the first game I There were two nets close by. So it was interesting to find the balance. I played a shot-a-ball (scored another 16) at Lord’s which didn’t go down very well and then found balance at Trent Bridge (scoring 136).

Bairstow also credited McCullum’s independence and clarity behind scoring four centuries in his last five Test innings. “It’s the freedom we have now. We’re not in hotel rooms, bubbles, doing Covid tests every day and we can do normal things like go to the store, go for beer, see our friends and family. All Those things come together and obviously the excitement of working with Baz (McCullum) and the clarity he has given to everyone.”

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