Even if they win this first Test, England have a tender spot at wicketkeeper. A return for Ben Foakes would be progressive
As the clock ticked past 4.36pm, the sun already burning through the mid-afternoon haze, there was some literal Bazball to be seen on the lime-green Edgbaston outfield – raw, foraged Bazball – as Brendon McCullum took Jonny Bairstow for his wicketkeeping warmup before Australia’s fourth-innings chase.
And of course it wasn’t about the catches, walloped into the gloves with a deliciously grizzled bat. This was all about the hugs, the words in the ear, the million‑dollar smile, the sense of voodoo, bro‑vibes, man‑feelings.
Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2023/jun/19/jonny-bairstow-wicketkeeper-england-australia-first-ashes-test under the title “Bairstow is Bazball’s spirit animal but maybe it’s time for the gloves to come off | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.