Wicket-keeper batsman Johnny Bairstow has been recalled to the England Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in January 2021. For this reason, now he will not be able to participate in this season’s Big Bash League. Currently, Johnny Bairstow is busy in the T20 series against South Africa.
The dates of both the Test matches against Sri Lanka will clash with the Big Bash League and that is why Bairstow will no longer take part in this mega event. Johnny Bairstow has not played a Test match since the Boxing Day match against South Africa last year. Due to poor form, he was dropped from the team but he continued to play in the limited overs series.
Johnny Bairstow was part of the Melbourne Stars team in the BBL and his departure has dealt a big blow to the team. This was Johnny Bairstow’s first Big Bash League season but now he will not be able to play in the entire tournament. Now it remains to be seen whether the team of Melbourne Stars announce their replacement.
Nicholas Pooran and Zaheer Khan of Afghanistan are the second foreign players in the Melbourne team. In the BBL, a team is allowed to have only 3 foreign players.
Jofra Archer will be given rest for the tour of Sri Lanka
Fast bowler Jofra Archer will be rested for the tour of Sri Lanka. The England team is about to announce a big team for this tour and the main reason for this is the many restrictions on Corona. Jose Butler and Ben Fox will also get a place in the team and Moin Ali is also expected to return.
Jofra Archer is playing cricket continuously and that is why he will be given a rest in the ODI series against South Africa. England’s team does not want any player to suffer from injury so they can manage the workload of the players.