ENG VS NZ: Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott has shared his views on the effect T20 cricket has had on Test cricket. Boycott gave the example of Jonny Bairstow’s poor performance in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s as well. Bairstow, who did quite well in Australia and the West Indies this year, entered the opening Test of the summer for his side with high expectations. If you are searching for the best betting sites in India, you are in the ideal place!


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However, the veteran keeper-batter has managed just a single run in the first innings and a quickfire 16 in the second by smashing three boundaries as well. While writing in his column for The Telegraph, Boycott shared that Bairstow’s second innings performance was ‘dreadful’ and felt it was due to playing in the IPL before Test cricket.

He said, “The best example was Jonny Bairstow’s innings. He scored 16 runs off 15 balls and played like it was a T20 match. It was dreadful. For the state of the game, it was awful. He had just come from two months of T20 in India straight into a Test match and yet we expected him to think like a Test batsman.”

Meanwhile, England’s top-order batters have faced a lot of criticism in the last 18 months for their poor technique in the longer format. By contrast, Boycott lavished praise on England’s ace batter Joe Root for preparing his mind and body only for Test cricket.

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