Jonny Bairstow bides time and works hard as he looks to beat England drop

The wicketkeeper-batsman is responding in the right way after Ben Foakes was preferred to him for the second Sri Lanka Test

English cricketers do not get dropped as often as they used to be. For example Alastair Cook, Marcus Trescothick and Kevin Pietersen (if we restrict this to purely cricketing criteria) were never dropped from the Test team.

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