Jonny Bairstow withdraws from Big Bash League, likely to be part of England tour of Sri Lanka


Jonny Bairstow withdrew just a week before the 10th edition of Big Bash League begins on December 10 and has been replaced by Andre Fletcher at the Melbourne Stars.

England wicket keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bairstow is currently in South Africa for England’s white-ball series
  • He was to join the Melbourne Stars after Christmas
  • Bairstow is now expected to be called up to England’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in January

England wicket keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from the Melbourne Stars’ upcoming Big Bash League campaign after he was recalled for international duty, the Australian Twenty20 franchise said on Thursday.

Bairstow withdrew just a week before the 10th edition of the Twenty20 event begins on December 10 and has been replaced by Andre Fletcher at the Melbourne Stars.

Bairstow is currently in South Africa for England’s white-ball series and was to join the Melbourne Stars after Christmas.

However, Bairstow is now expected to be called up to England’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in January.

“We’re naturally disappointed Jonny won’t be able to link up with us this season but we wish him well on his recall and England’s winter tours,” Stars coach David Hussey said.

England have yet to confirm their test squad for the Sri Lanka series.

Bairstow, who is currently part of the limited-overs squad in South Africa, has not played a Test this year after a difficult 2019 but scored a century in England’s last test in Sri Lanka two years ago.





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