Glove is the key as Jonny Bairstow targets Test return

Jonny Bairstow remains determined to reclaim the gloves in England’s Test side and hopes his enforced break from the game will have refreshed him.

Bairstow was dropped from the England Test squad which toured New Zealand at the end of last year with Jos Buttler taking over as wicketkeeper. While Bairstow made a brief return to the side as a specialist batsman for the first Test in South Africa as a last-minute replacement – Ollie Pope, who was England’s preferred choice, was unwell – he was unable to capitalise on the opportunity. He scored 1 and 9 and did not feature in the rest of the series.

However, he was named in England’s 55-man training squad a couple of weeks ago, and hopes he can sufficiently impress in the next couple of weeks to earn a recall. England will name a squad of around 30 men for the Test series on Wednesday. That will be cut to around 20 after the three-day…

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