IPL will put players in a good mood ahead of T20 WC in India: Bairstow

England opener Jonny Bairstow believes the upcoming IPL will put players in a “good mood” ahead of the T20 World Cup as they will play under similar conditions to the ICC event in India later this year.

Bairstow, who is currently involved in the ODI three-game series against India, will appear for Sunrisers Hyderabad when the IPL begins on April 9.

“It will be a great opportunity to play on different grounds where we could potentially play the T20 World Cup. Also to see how the different teams are going to play bowling under these conditions, ”Bairstow said at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“Because, naturally with the size of the fields and also the wickets, the way the attacks go to defend the totals and the batsmen is going to set them up, so it’s going to be an interesting competition.”

Sunrisers Hyderabad will open its campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on April 11.

“Obviously, playing here was a new ground, it was a lot of learning, but the matches we have in IPL will be in Chennai. However, acclimatization in India, whether to weather conditions or conditions or in general, will hopefully help, ”he said.

“But nothing can be taken for granted, we know the quality of the competition, and the quality of the opposition…

“… Being part of the IPL, if you can come and do well in this area, hopefully before the World Cup, can only put you in a good state of mind, because we have quite a few players. who play it. “

Bairstow had scored a 66-ball 94 for a losing cause in the first ODI and he said England lost key moments in the game, but overall there was nothing wrong with his plan of match.

“To put ourselves in a situation and ahead of the match, we would have liked to cross the line… Everyone came home last night injured, it’s not a good feeling to lose a match,” he said. declared.

“Our game plan has been very good over the past four years. I don’t think that even yesterday we did a lot of harm. There was a key period that we did not capitalize on, we lost the key moments of the game.

The 31-year-old called the chess ‘building blocks’ as they prepared for the T20 World Cup.

“I think that’s another cornerstone towards that (T20 World Cup), we talked about building blocks ahead of the 2019 World Cup, putting us in different situations and bringing out better players and that will test us at new…

“We’re missing a few guys and it’s an opportunity for people to play in different roles and also to implement the skills that rested players have in the squad… You have to have the options.”

Speaking about life in a bio-secure bubble, Bairstow said, “It’s very difficult… from January 2 until today, it’s only been 10 days since I got home. In September, when we entered the bubble in Manchester, until Christmas, there were obviously a few weeks off until January.

“So it’s hard to be away and people are going to need rest. It is not easy to show up and play cricket.

“Living on a certain floor of the hotel, not being able to leave the hotel… being away from family is difficult and the break that people spend the winter has been important to people’s mental and physical health.”

England’s rotation policy saw Bairstow rest for the first two tests against India, which was criticized by some former players.

“We all know how much cricket is coming, we’re only 7 months away from the World Cup and back, it’s Ashes, then the tour of the West Indies next winter, and it’s without saying anything about the English summer, so it’s not easy. planning things when people need a little break. “

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