Jonny Bairstow in the frame to make England No 3 spot his own for Ashes during upcoming Caribbean tour
- Jonny Bairstow will be given the chance to make England’s No3 spot his own
- Bairstow will have the opportunity during the January tour of the Caribbean
- The touring party for the three-match series will be announced on Monday
Jonny Bairstow will be given the chance to make England’s No3 spot his own for the Ashes on next month’s tour of the Caribbean.
The touring party for the three-match series will be announced at Lord’s on Monday afternoon, with very few if any changes expected from those on duty in the historic whitewashing of Sri Lanka.
While Jason Roy will be considered as a squad batsman in place of Joe Denly as England’s Test side move towards adopting the expressive style that has made the limited-overs cricket so devastating in recent times, they will want to use the series starting in Barbados on January 23 as an opportunity to bed in their top order for the visit by Australia next summer.
Jonny Bairstow will be given the chance to make England’s No3 spot his own for the Ashes
Yorkshire’s Bairstow took his chance in the uncustomary role of first drop in Colombo last month, rising to the pre-match challenge set him by captain Joe Root.
With spin expected to be almost as influential on the slow modern pitches of the Caribbean, England are unlikely to ditch the man renowned as their best gloveman in Ben Foakes, leaving the 29-year-old Bairstow to concentrate on his batting.
Paul Collingwood could join Durham’s new-look coaching team following a restructuring under director of cricket Marcus North.
He has spent the past couple of years combining his role as club captain with various tracksuit assignments with England.
Paul Collingwood could join Durham’s new-look coaching team following a restructuring
Collingwood’s impressive work has sparked interest from Indian Premier League and Big Bash franchises but he remains a contender to succeed England coach Trevor Bayliss next September.
The Mail On Sunday understands Durham intend to follow Derbyshire and Middlesex’s example by appointing a specialist Twenty20 coach, which could enable Collingwood to combine the role with reduced England commitments.