Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bairstow Will Pass the Test, Says England Lucky Charm

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bairstow Will Pass the Test, Says England Lucky Charm

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

TIM BRESNAN has been on the winning side in all 11 of the Test matches he has played and has become a key man in the team ranked No1 in the world. But even England's lucky charm admits he is envious of rising star Jonny Bairstow.

Three years ago, Bresnan made his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord's. This week, Yorkshire colleague Bairstow is likely to emulate him at the same venue and against the same opposition.

Considered a left-field pick by some when he was chosen in May 2009, Bresnan displayed his true value during the 2010-11 Ashes series in Australia and has developed into a competent Test performer. As he reflected on his own progress during the last three years, the all-rounder offered the view that Bairstow, a strong contender to bat at No6 because of Ravi Bopara's thigh injury, could make a more immediate impression.

"He's good at everything," Bresnan said. "He plays golf well, he played hockey and rugby union to a high level when he was younger, so he is a brilliant talent and definitely one to watch. I'm a bit jealous to be honest.

"He seems to relish the big occasion -- it brings out the best in him -- and there is none bigger than your Test debut. He is not really fussed about things and is just quite a confident, wellrounded young bloke. If he does score runs, there's no reason why he shouldn't stay in there.

"I remember making my debut and I think I've improved quite a bit since then. I'm a lot smarter now, and I know my game a bit better.

I've also had laser treatment on my eyes, so I can see the ball better when I bat.

That's made a massive difference."

Bairstow suffered tragedy at the age of nine when his father, David, who played four Tests for England, committed suicide in January 1998. …

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