August 8, 2022
The Hundred – Jonny Bairstow opts to rest, to miss the start of the Hundred

Jonny Bairstow has pulled out of the Hundred early stage, understands ESPNcricinfo.

Bairstow was due to play for Welsh Fire, and was expected to be available for the first two or three matches – including Wednesday’s season opener against defending champions Southern Brave – to join England’s Test squad to play South Africa. before. But he’s headed out to rest before that series and a busy winter ahead.

The tour of England is due to tour Pakistan (twice), Australia (with bilateral series on either side of the T20 World Cup), South Africa, New Zealand and Bangladesh, and their tour commitments are due for some of the final Tests of the home summer against the South. days later. Africa.

Bairstow’s decision after Ben Stokes withdrew from the Northern Superchargers squad comes as a significant blow to the Hundred ahead of the competition’s second season.

England’s limited-overs players will be available for the entire season of the Hundred, but only a handful of Test players will take part, while others will be withdrawn to play for the England Lions against South Africa in a four-day warm-up match at Canterbury. . ,

The Hundred’s schedule allows centrally contracted Test players to appear in two or three group games and in the knockout stages, and the number of games for which they will be available should increase in 2023, when the competition has three weeks in English. There is window. Heat.

Elsewhere, fast bowler Jamie Overton will miss a century for the second consecutive season after injuring his arm and leg during Surrey’s County Championship game against Warwickshire. Essex all-rounder Paul Walter will replace Overton at Manchester Originals.

Somerset captain Tom Abell has been ruled out of his Birmingham Phoenix stint due to a hamstring injury, while Ollie Robinson (Originals) and Rory Burns (Oval Invincibles) have been released to play for their county in the Royal London Cup Is.

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