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 pitches where we could potentially play the T20 World Cup. Also to see how 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 pitches 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 games we have in IPL will be in Chennai. However, acclimatization in India, whether it’s conditions or weather 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 …
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“… to be part of the IPL, if you can come and do well in what we hope will lead to the World Cup, can only put in a good frame of mind because we have not bad guys playing in there. ”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 he there was nothing wrong with their game plan.
“To put ourselves in a situation and ahead of the game, we would have liked to cross the line … Everyone came home last night injured, it is not a good feeling to lose a game,” he said. -he declares.
“Our game plan has been very good over the past four years. I don’t think even yesterday we did much harm. There was a key period where we didn’t capitalize, we lost the key moments in the game. match. ”The 31-year-old called the failures a“ building block ”as they prepare for the T20 World Cup.
“I think that’s another building block for 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 again …
“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 living in a bio-secure bubble, Bairstow said: “It’s very difficult … from January 2 until now, it’s only been 10 days since I got home. In September, when we entered in the Manchester bubble, until Christmas, there were obviously a few weeks off before January.
“So it’s hard to be outside and people are going to need a rest. It’s 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 West Indies tour 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. “