Jonny Bairstow slams critics for ‘wanting England to lose’ as they try to avoid World Cup humiliation

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JONNY BAIRSTOW has claimed pundits want England to lose as they try to avoid World Cup humiliation.

The hosts have received a stream of criticism from cricket greats including ex-captains Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan.

Jonny Bairstow has hit back at critics of England’s World Cup
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And opening batsman Bairstow said: “People were waiting for us to fail.

“They are not willing us on to win, in many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat.

“It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport.

“It’s part and parcel of modern life, I’m afraid.

“You can’t be seen doing anything without someone having an opinion on it.”

Bairstow said he was even mocked by a taxi driver the morning after England’s second consecutive defeat to Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday.

Then he felt ambushed when a tape of Vaughan saying this could become England’s worst World Cup was played to him during an interview with BBC Radio on Wednesday.

Pietersen went as far as accusing captain Eoin Morgan of being scared when facing Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

People were waiting for us to fail. It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport.


Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow added: “People are paid to have an opinion, so they’ve got to have one.

“Because we’ve done so well in recent years, they are always going to jump on any opportunity now we’ve lost two games.

“I was on the radio on Wednesday morning and was surprised with a clip of Vaughan’s comments. B****y hell.

“That’s pretty rich. He struck at 70 (Vaughan’s one-day international strike-rate was actually 68.39, Bairstow’s is 105.36).

“Of course people are going to say things. Any excuse to have a dip at X, Y and Z is a very easy thing. If he doesn’t have an opinion, he gets sacked.

“Mobile phones, that’s the world at the moment.

“You walk down the street wearing the wrong pair of trainers and your sponsors fire you. It’s as dumb as that.”

TO THE WIRE

England might need to beat both India and New Zealand in their final two group matches to reach the semi-finals.

They expect the crowd at Edgbaston on Sunday to be heavily pro-India and will hope for a quicker pitch than those in Birmingham so far.

Bairstow, speaking at a Chance to Shine school as part of Yorkshire Tea cricket week, said: “The pitches we’ve been playing on the last two years are surely the pitches we should be playing on in a World Cup, so I don’t know why they’ve changed.


“That’s just factual. But I’m not making excuses, we’ve not played well enough to beat sides when we should have done. We know that.

“We have to stay relaxed and remain true to the way we’ve played in recent years.”

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Michael Vaughan has suggested that this could be England’s worst World Cup
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Ex-captain Kevin Pietersen also accused current skipper Eoin Morgan of being scared
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