Yorkshire's Jason Gillespie tips wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow to keep England spot
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie has tipped wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow to prove he is England's best.
Last Updated: 05/04/14 1:52pm
Bradford-born Bairstow scored 123 during the final day of Yorkshire's drawn three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Headingley.
He had taken over as England wicketkeeper from Matt Prior for the final two Tests of the disastrous 5-0 Ashes Series whitewash.
Bairstow did not escape the heavy criticism meted out on the tourists, but he did go on to tour Sri Lanka in February with England Lions before returning to his county ahead of the start of the County Championship season.
Sussex's Prior and Jos Buttler of Somerset are battling it out for the England position, along with Bairstow, for the opener against Sri Lanka at Lord's.
But Australian Gillespie told Sky Sports News: "I'm a huge fan of Jonny's, he's the current Test keeper and he's just played in a three-day game, he's kept extremely well.
"He's got a hundred (and), really the lad cannot do anything more. He is the current England keeper, so I fully expect him to take the gloves come the first Test.
"He's been given the opportunity, (and) I feel he did quite well in Australia on a tough tour. He's been given a crack. I think he needs to be given a good long run in that keeper-batsman role. He can come in, in that middle order and really change games.
"The way he plays, he can take attacks apart. His keeping is improving all the time and I think England are on a winner there."
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