England in India 2012-13 December 21, 2012

Bairstow leaves India tour for family reasons

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jonny Bairstow has returned home early from England's tour of India for family reasons, joining a growing exodus of England players who have departed early.

Bairstow was left out England's first Twenty20 International in Pune, where Jos Buttler was preferred as wicket-keeper. He discovered during the match that he was needed at home and left immediately. He was due to arrive in the UK on Friday morning.

England will need to recover from their five wicket defeat in Pune, where they failed to build on Alex Hales's impressive 26-ball 50.

It completed an unrewarding pre-Christmas spell in India for Bairstow, who batted only once in the Test series, making 9 in the second Test in Mumbai before losing his place because of perceived limitations on turning pitches.

Buttler's inclusion was one of England's few bright spots as he made an international-best 33 in England's five-wicket defeat.

A brief statement from the ECB read: "Jonny Bairstow has gone home today from India tour for family reasons."

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  • Jaydeep on December 22, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Oh yes, replacing KP like he did in that RSA test takes steel, and Bairstow for sure has it. Nerve seems to be as important (if not more) than skill at these levels, so likely JB is here to stay.

  • j on December 22, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Bairstow's very dear to English hearts, after his father's death in the late 90's. A power hitter with the ability to hi big sixes out of the ground, he's also got bucket loads of batting pedigree. It's just such a shame that England have got so much batting talent that he can't get a game.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith on (December 21 2012, 22:36 PM GMT), you've been saying that they should get rid of Bell for ages but if they haven't yet then they are unlikely to now, so you're dreaming if you think that the #5 spot is going to open up any time soon. I think that NZ is going to very important for Compton because, if he doesn't do well, there's every chance they'd move Root up to open. I think that Bairstow's favourite for the #6 job if that happens but Taylor has done nothing wrong as far as I'm concerned so he would presumably be next in line if Bell does struggle or Bairstow doesn't work out or there's and injury. It will be interesting to see whether they choose to stick with Root at #6 or revert to Bairstow once they move to more familiar conditions.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I'm not sure that Bairstow would have played the second T20 anyway. Buttler did a good job behind the stumps and with the bat so I doubt that they'd swap him out and if they preferred Patel in the Tests then I don't see why they'd swap him out after a decent showing with the bat last game either. For the ODI series, assuming that these family issues have passed by then, I'd say that England's top 4 will be Cook, Bell, KP and Morgan so that leaves Kieswetter, Buttler, Bairstow and Patel to fight over two batting positions. Three can keep and one can bowl, although I'd expect Patel to be a sixth bowler rather than fifth. If Buttler bats well in the second T20 then it would be hard to leave him out but I believe I've read that Kieswetter is still considered the first-choice ODI keeper. There are two warmups so they will be very important for those three keepers.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Bairstow is Eng future wk. He's been groomed to be Prior's successor and will get the glove in the ODI series next year. There is nothing he's done that would suggest otherwise. Hope everything is alright back home.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I'm sorry for Bairstow. In his only test innings he was wrongly given out and didn't get another chance. Now he's had to fly home when he might well have been in the side for the second T20. I do hope it's nothing serious- as yorkshirematt remarked, he's had more than enough family problems already.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @Hammond on (December 21 2012, 13:26 PM GMT), once again doing nothing but embarrassing us England fans. Are you really trying to say that, if this family issue had occurred during the Test series, that England would have refused to let Bairstow fly home? Of course they wouldn't, so nothing in this story says anything about anyone's priorities where different formats are concerned. How about you just be a decent human being and wish Bairstow and his family all the best or else say nothing at all? I vote the latter.

  • R on December 21, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    I like JB, I see him, Taylor and Root battling for 2 positions at 5 & 6 over the coming year... time to move on from bell, esp with 2 ashes coming up where bell's ave is 30 vs oz, he's had his chance, never scored a solus ton (ie when it matters) and bats poorly with the tail, time to get the new lads in

  • Jason on December 21, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    All the best to Jonny Bairstow and his family, really hoping its nothing serious at this time of year.

  • Jay on December 21, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Fair enough. A good young player nevertheless. Always smiling and modest in his approach. He should have played instead of Samit Patel in at least 2 of the tests. What a waste !! Anyway, looking forward to seeing him in the ODI series in Jan.

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