Jonny Bairstow is one bad series away from being under serious scrutiny | The Spin

In early 2018 England’s Test team had a million problems but Bairstow wasn’t one. Now, something doesn’t feel right

In May 2013, Matt Prior was named the England Men’s Cricketer of the Year. It was hard to think of a more impressive, reliable cricketer. Prior was selfless, resourceful, tough and brilliant. At 31, he was in his prime. Fourteen months later he played his last professional game. His achilles was a mess and his confidence was shot.

Prior’s dramatic decline was a reminder that almost nothing should be taken for granted in sport, and that outstanding careers can fall off a cliff without rhyme or reason.

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