The Ashes: Jonny Bairstow says England must be ‘stronger’ with the bat after another collapse | Cricket News

“It is one of those days where we will look back, probably reevaluate next time and potentially take several options. We are still looking for that great result,” says Bairstow, who is confident England can make early, and much needed, forays into the second day at MCG

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Jonny Bairstow says England are looking for a big score and must be stronger and stronger after being eliminated by just 185 on the first day of the third Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne

Jonny Bairstow says England are looking for a big score and must be stronger and stronger after being eliminated by just 185 on the first day of the third Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne

Jonny Bairstow knows England must be “stronger and tougher” with the bat after another horror show ruined Ashes’ hopes.

England were burned to the ground for 185 on a green field in Melbourne on Boxing Day, with the recalled Bairstow scoring the second highest score of 35.

Captain Joe Root topped with 50 but he, Ben Stokes (25) and Jos Buttler (3) were all guilty of their red cards with poor shots against Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon respectively.

England are 2-0 down in the five-game series and their hopes of regaining the pot will be over if Australia undo the defeat at the MCG.

Bairstow scored 35 goals after being recalled to the national team at number 6 in place of Ollie Pope

Bairstow scored 35 goals after being recalled to the national team at number 6 in place of Ollie Pope

“We have to get a little stronger and tougher with our expulsions,” said Bairstow, who returned to England at number 6 in place of the expelled Ollie Pope.

“We know and we talked about it, it’s just being honest with ourselves. I can tell you that now everyone is trying.

“It’s one of those days that we’ll look back, probably reevaluate next time and potentially take different options. We’re still looking for that great result.”

England were entered after Pat Cummins won the draw and slipped to 13-2 with Cummins ejecting Haseeb Hameed for nothing – the 50 tourist duck in Test cricket in 2021 – and recalled Zak Crawley for 12.

“If you look at the pitch, it didn’t go the way we wanted. We would have tried to pitch as well. Both teams were looking to pitch on that pitch, with good conditions and a shade of green,” said Bairstow.

“It was no surprise that we were entered. With the weather around – rain and cloud cover – the plan was always to get in the club.”

James Anderson fired David Warner late on the first day of the Boxing Day Test

James Anderson fired David Warner late on the first day of the Boxing Day Test

England eliminated David Warner before the stocks – Crawley’s left-hander over James Anderson for 38 of 42 balls – while Australia finished 61-1, just 124 points behind their opponents.

Bairstow added: “We’re playing on the same pitch they pitched them on.

“We have seen that the camp offers a lot during the day and we have a potentially open end with a night watchman [Nathan Lyon] so we’re going to try to pressure him and (Marcus) Harris to get some early raids.

“We are still in this game until the last ball is thrown.”

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