News International – Bairstow says England can cope with No 1 tag

LONDON: Jonny Bairstow has insisted England can cope with the pressure of being the world’s top-ranked One-Day International side as they head into a five-match series against Australia on the back of a shock six-run defeat by Scotland.

Summary

  • Bairstow says England can cope with No 1 tagLONDON: Jonny Bairstow has insisted England can cope with the pressure of being the world’s top-ranked One-Day International side as they head into a five-match series against Australia on the back of a shock six-run defeat by Scotland.
  • But despite Bairstow becoming the first England batsman to score ODI hundreds in three successive innings, England failed to chase down a target of 372 after a superb 140 not out by Calum MacLeod laid the platform for Scotland’s stunning win.
  • Defeat raised questions about the ability of England, who have never lifted the World Cup, to win ‘one-off’ clashes but Bairstow said Eoin Morgan’s men could handle everything that came with being top of the rankings .
  • Not only have former Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner — two of the world’s best One-Day batsmen — been given year-long bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March — but Australia are also without their injured Ashes-winning fast-bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
  • Australia will hope Ashton Agar to provide a degree of control in the field following three straight ODI series losses and the spinner was keen they take advantage of any uncertainty among the England side following their defeat by a Scotland side who are 13th in the ODI rankings.


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