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Not Ashes, it is World Cup first for Jonny Bairstow

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Going away from the traditional thinking in English cricket with The Ashes series a priority over any other accolade in cricket World, England star wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has said that he will prefer World Cup to the Ashes series this time.

England are hosting this year’s ICC World Cup Cricket-2019 and reckoned favorites to win the tournament.

It is after 20 years that World Cup is returning to England and Wales and the hosts are still World title to their credit.

  “I am going to pick the World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” Bairstow told Sky Sports.

“I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance. Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren’t at 18 months, two years ago. That’s from the vision Morgs (England captain Eoin Morgan) has had and the way we are playing our one-day cricket”.

Bairstow also credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for sharpening his skills and improving his form ahead of the World Cup.

 “You go to the IPL to develop your skills, to put them up against the best in the world,” Bairstow, who smashed one century and two half-centuries during the tournament, said.

“We saw Jos (Buttler) coming back into the test side last summer after a brilliant IPL. The competition over there can only improve your skills. I genuinely think I’m still learning and improving.”

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