Jonny Bairstow delighted with role of England’s man for all sessions

Yorkshire’s wicketkeeper-batsman looks forward to his second Ashes tour in a very different situation from that of his first

In the precious few weeks between the end of England’s busiest ever international summer and the team’s departure for Australia last weekend Jonny Bairstow did a fair bit of talking.

Rather than hunker down before the Ashes tour the Yorkshire wicketkeeper instead went public on his life and career to date, offering a raw and emotional account of his formative years – chiefly the death of his father, David, and his mother Janet’s two battles with cancer – in what was an inspirational tale of his family’s strength and perseverance.

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