Jonny Bairstow intends to give the England selectors a dilemma as he eyes a recall in the final Test against Sri Lanka.
Wicketkeeper Bairstow has had to watch from the sidelines as his team-mates clinched series-winning victories in Galle and Kandy, initially ruled out with an ankle injury then overlooked after Ben Foakes’ flawless debut.
Bairstow has more than enough pedigree to push for a place as a specialist batsman and plans to press his claims in the build-up to the third Test in Colombo.
“Look, selection is above my pay grade and that’s why you want to be giving other people headaches with that,” he told talkSPORT.
“I’ve worked hard and had that spot for two-and-a-half years, so to do that – keep wicket, bat at five, six or seven in all different conditions I’m very proud of that.”
The players were granted a day off on Tuesday and the all-rounder will be assessed again ahead of Wednesday’s training session.