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Martin Moxon backs York’s Jonny Bairstow for trip down under for Ashes renewal
Martyn Moxon believes York’s Jonny Bairstow has already done enough to earn himself an Ashes tour place this winter.
Barring injury, the exciting wicketkeeper-batsman will have played the last five LV= County Championship matches of the 2013 season with Yorkshire after being left out of England’s team for last month’s fifth Test at the Oval.
The 23-year-old was also omitted from England’s squad for their ongoing one-day international series against Australia, which heads into its third match of five today.
Although he did not do a lot wrong in his four Ashes Tests this summer, scoring 67 in the first innings at Lord’s, he has not yet stamped his authority on the Test arena like White Rose colleague Joe Root.
He has scored four fifties in 12 Tests, including a best of 95 against South Africa last summer.
In 11 innings this summer against New Zealand and Australia, he has only failed to reach double figures once.
But he will be disappointed not to have converted his starts into a big score like he has done for Yorkshire on numerous occasions.
Ahead of today’s Championship meeting with Sussex at Hove (10.30am), Yorkshire’s director of professional cricket said: “I would fully expect him to be in the Ashes squad. He has scored runs for us already in the two games he’s played since he’s come back.
“He was obviously disappointed when he was left out at the Oval, but he came to Trent Bridge and was really up for it from ball one. He performed well down there, then scored runs at Scarborough as well. He’s been great.”
With a fair wind, Bairstow could be looking back on 2013 as a golden year in his career.
Already a one-time Ashes winner, he could double that tally down under later this year as well as winning the Championship with his county.
“That would be fantastic for him, obviously,” continued Moxon, who has seen Bairstow score 62, 82 and 34 since returning to county colours. “But we are trying to play that kind of thing down because there’s a lot of work to do to win the Championship.
“We’ve got a chance, and we know we’re capable of doing it. But we can’t really focus our minds on how great it would be if we do it.”
After a summer full of England call-ups for their players at various levels, Yorkshire’s patience seems to have been rewarded at just the right time with Bairstow and fellow star batsman Gary Ballance available when it looked like they would be away on one-day duty.
“As it’s worked out, it’s different to what we expected. It’s a bonus for us, but we are disappointed for the lads not to be in the ODI squad. Hopefully they can help us end the season strongly,” added Moxon.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Jack Brooks has set himself a stiff target as he looks to finish the season well and help Yorkshire to silverware.
“My form in the last couple of games hasn’t been where I’d like it because I set high standards, and I’m used to taking wickets,” he said.
“I haven’t really had that many wickets to show for it in the Warwickshire, Notts or Durham games.
“Hopefully I can come back strong in these last few games and pick up 15 or 20 wickets. That’s a massive target, but I’ve got to aim high and try to win some games for the club.”
Yorkshire 14-man squad v Sussex: Gale (capt), Bairstow, Ballance, Brooks, Hodd, Jaques, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Plunkett, Pyrah, Rashid, Sidebottom, Williamson.
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