Sport 24 – 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

  • London – Jonny Bairstow has insisted England can cope withthe pressure of being the world’s top-ranked one-day international side as theyhead into a five-match series against Australia on the back of a shock six-rundefeat by Scotland.
  • But despite Bairstow becoming the first England batsman toscore ODI hundreds in three successive innings, England failed to chase down atarget of 372 after a superb 140 not out by Calum MacLeod laid the platform forScotland’s stunning win.
  • Defeat raised questions about the ability of England, whohave never lifted the World Cup, to win ‘one-off’ clashes but Bairstow saidEoin Morgan’s men could handle everything that came with being top of the rankings.
  • Not only have former Australia captain Steve Smith and hisdeputy David Warner – two of the world’s best one-day batsmen – been givenyear-long bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town inMarch – but Australia are also without their injured Ashes-winning fast-bowlingtrio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
  • Australia will hope Ashton Agar to provide a degree ofcontrol in the field following three straight ODI series losses and the spinnerwas keen they take advantage of any uncertainty among the England side followingtheir defeat by a Scotland side who are 13th in the ODI rankings.


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