Jonny Bairstow head to South Africa Training camp

Jonny Bairstow heads to Potchefstroom, South Africa for Training Camp:

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is set to take part in a training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, from the start of December as he aims to return to England’s Test squad. Bairstow was dropped from the English Test squad for their 2-match Test series against New Zealand following his below-average performance with the bat during the Ashes series.

Jonny Bairstow

James Anderson, Mark Wood set to join Jonny Bairstow in South Africa Training Camp:

James Anderson and Mark Wood will also be joining Bairstow in Potchefstroom at a specialist pace bowling camp, which is designed to test the pair’s fitness ahead of the Test Series against South Africa. Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, and Olly stone are also expected to take part in the camp from December 1 to 14.

Several county coaches will also be involved with the training camps. The pace bowling camp will be led by Neil Killeen of Durham and Glenn Chapple of Lancashire, while Jonathan Trott will be helping out Jonny Bairstow.

Bairstow has played 69 Test matches since his debut against West Indies in May 2012. He has scored more than 4000 runs with 21 half-centuries and 6 hundred with an average of 35.26.

James Anderson played his last Test against Australia in August 2019 and has been out of the team since then because of his calf injury. The 37-year-old bowler is the highest wicket-taker for England in Test with 575 wickets in 149 Test matches since his debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe.

Mark Wood has been out of the team because of having had knee surgery after the World Cup final. He has played a total of 13 Tests and claimed 36 wickets with an average of 37.36 since his debut against New Zealand in May 2015. Wood played his last Test against West Indies in February 2019.