Jonny Bairstow targeting role with new-look England one-day side
Last Updated: 16/06/15 7:31pm
Jonny Bairstow feels his playing style perfectly suits England's new dynamic approach.
The Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman was not selected the one-day series against New Zealand, in which England have showcased a more exciting brand of cricket that has been missing from their game for too long.
Although the hosts head into Wednesday's fourth ODI 2-1 behind, they have won plenty of admirers for matching the Black Caps' commitment to attacking cricket.
Bairstow has been in excellent form himself, averaging 80.40 and striking two centuries in six LV= County Championship innings, and he is eager to take that form back on to the international stage.
"I think the way England are playing their cricket now suits my game," said Bairstow, who was speaking at a coaching session with Whixley Cricket Club's U13 team, held in association with England sponsors Waitrose.
"It's fantastic to see the scores that have been posted in this series and the way people have gone out and played is a massive positive for us as a country.
"It's great to see and long may it continue. In the future I believe I definitely have a role to play, whether it be next week, next month or whenever and that's an exciting position to be in.
"There's been a shift in one-day cricket as a whole - 250 doesn't win games of cricket any more, it's 350, 400.
"For England to go out and post 400-plus in the first ODI was very pleasing."
Bairstow was an unused squad member on the recent Test tour of the West Indies and last wore the Three Lions in the washed out one-dayer against Ireland.
But he has since fallen behind Sam Billings in the pecking order, with the Kent 'keeper operating as a specialist batsman against New Zealand while Jos Buttler keeps wicket.
He has certainly made the most of his opportunity to make his mark for Yorkshire, striking 402 runs in just three championship matches.
"There are pros and cons to being in the squad (but not playing)," he added.
"You can look at it that if you're in there you're the next man in, which is good, but if you're not in then you're out scoring runs for Yorkshire.
"I'm playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and the stature and pressure that comes with playing for Yorkshire can only stand you in good stead when you pull an England jersey on.”
Watch the fourth ODI between England and New Zealand from Trent Bridge. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 2 at 1:30pm on Wednesday.