Boycott backs Bairstow to follow Bradman’s footsteps

Updated: Jun 03, 2012, 16:43 PM IST

London: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has backed Jonny Bairstow to follow in the footsteps of Sir Donald Bradman as a Test batsman.

Bairstow appeared susceptible to short-pitched bowling in his two ­appearances against West Indies to date, but is set to be retained for the series finale at Edgbaston next week.

The 22-year old batsman has managed just 20 runs so far, but showed he is still in decent nick by hitting 68 for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire on Friday.

“Jonny has star quality and he will be fine. He will have his ups and downs and nobody is saying he is the finished article, but Bradman only played one Test before he was dropped and he did okay,” The Daily Mirror quoted Boycott, as saying.

“We’ve all had hiccups and problems but he’s a young kid and to label him as ­having problems after one knock is grossly unfair. In some ways I was glad he didn’t have too much success. I’ve seen batsmen before get a hundred in their first Test and people thought their careers were going to take off and they were going to be fantastic – but they played only a handful of Tests after that,” he added.

“Most players have a problem or two at some time in a career and you have to solve those problems – that’s what playing at the top level is all about. If you don’t, someone else is going to take your place,” he said.