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England’s Jonny Bairstow keeps his hair on after Michael Vaughan spat

The opener is playing it cool after his superb form led England to the semi-finals after a close shave with World Cup exit

With England facing arguably their biggest one-day international in a generation on Thursday, perhaps it should be no surprise Jonny Bairstow is in such reticent mood. After all, the opener played enough shots last week when scoring the back-to-back centuries that propelled Eoin Morgan’s team into the World Cup semi-finals.

Those innings, which set up victories against India and New Zealand, had come after Bairstow’s very public row with the former England captain Michael Vaughan. It is a war of words the 29-year-old is clearly keen to move on from, even if it appeared to have had the desired effect on a player who always seems to reach greater heights when he has a point to prove.

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