Bairstow’s stunning ODI debut prompts Prior to work on his game

Updated: Sep 21, 2011, 10:48 AM IST

London: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has admitted that fellow gloveman Jonny Bairstow’s performance in the fifth and final ODI against India in Cardiff has prompted him to work on his game.

Bairstow’s unbeaten 41, which came in just 21 deliveries and included three giant sixes, in his debut innings helped England set up a six-wicket victory and a 3-0 series win.

The 21-year-old’s performance has sent waves of excitement throughout the England cam and drew praise from across the cricket world.

“All I had to do was watch Bairstow smashing it to all parts and I was on the phone to Frenchy (wicket-keeping coach Bruce French) saying, ‘Right mate, we’d best get to work’,” Prior was quoted as saying by a newspaper.

“There seem to be about seven or eight keepers coming in, hitting sixes and not getting out,” he added.

The 29-year-old also said that he has played his entire career with people breathing down his neck or chosen ahead of him.

“So, I’ll just carry on working hard,” he added.

Bureau Report