Bairstow feels England need to up their fielding © Getty Images
Bairstow feels England need to up their fielding © Getty Images

‘Catches win matches’ is what the cliché goes and England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow believes his side need to by-heart that in order to win the Ashes Down Under. England dropped a few during the recent 2-1 win over West Indies; 14 catches were put down by the side to be exact. Disappointed by the performance of his team, coach Trevor Bayliss also went on to call it a ‘terrible’ fielding effort. However, while facing Australia – one of the best fielding sides currently – England will have to bring in a lot of improvement in their fielding. READ: Jonny Bairstow expects more opportunities in shorter formats; ready to bat at any position

“People say ‘no catch is an easy catch’, but it’s even harder coming out of a crowd that are all wearing different colours and at different paces. Perhaps one thing people didn’t realise is how close we were standing at Headingley because we had two that dropped short down the hill and that doesn’t normally happen. So we went up a metre-and-a-half from where we started the day. When the second new ball came around, that metre-and-a-half at the 86mph (138kph) ‘Broady’ (Stuart Broad) was bowling is a huge space,” Bairstow told The Daily Mail in a recent interview.

“It gives you a heck of a lot more time to adjust and if it wobbles or swings, it’s all compounded by how close you are. But we weren’t good enough and we didn’t take the catches we wanted to take and should have taken. We recognise that, we know that and it’s something we need to put right leading into the winter,” he added.

The first Ashes Test begins on November 23 at The Gabba, Brisbane.