England will draw confidence from ODI series win: Jonny Bairstow


London, July 21: England opener Jonny Bairstow said the confident English side will look to continue their winning momentum when they will face International Cricket Council (ICC) table-toppers India in the five-match Test series.
The wicketkeeper-batsman of Yorkshire said: “There’s an overlap of players between the Test and the one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence.”
After the T20 series defeat and the drubbing in the ODI opener, England registered convincing wins in the next two matches to claim the series 2-1.
“Playing against the number two side in the world when you’re ranked at one there’s always pressure on it and to win that series was something we set out to do.”
“We will take confidence from that into the Test team but at the same time it’s something that we know with Test cricket is completely different.”
“It’s a different formula, a different game and different personnel within the team,” Bairstow told Sky Sports News.
The five-Test series against India follows England’s 2-1 ODI series win over the tourists which helped them cement their place as the world’s top side.
Eoin Morgan’s ODI team have won their last eight series but it’s been a different story for England’s Test side that is ranked fifth in the world and have failed to win any of their last three series.
England’s Test captain Joe Root starred with the bat in the ODI series against India after scoring a match-winning century at Headingley.
“I know he’s copped a lot of stick for it,” Bairstow said, smiling.
“I don’t think that’ll be coming out anytime soon! It was good fun and he deserved to get man of the series the way that he went out and guided us through, especially at Headingley. Hopefully he goes out and keeps scoring the runs that he’s scored in the last two games.” (Agencies)