Jonny Bairstow © Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow © Getty Images

England faced an embarrassing defeat against Scotland  on June 10 when the lost the game by mere 6 runs. Chasing 372, England were bowled out 365 within 49 overs. They started the chase well with Jonny Bairstow bringing up his third consecutive century. He also became the only Englishmen to do so. Alex Hales too registered his half century but could not convert it. Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett fought hard till the end but failed to take England home.

Talking on the defeat Bairstow said, “It’s part and parcel of the game. You get to number one and people are going to want to beat you, but you want to be number one in the world.”

“We set our stall out to be number one in the world and that’s where we are, whether we were number one in this game or not, Scotland would still be delighted to win, it’s not just because we are number one,”

England will lock horns with Australia for the limited over series starting from June 13. The Australian team will miss the service of Steven Smith, David Warner due to ban. The team also excludes experienced players like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

However, Bairstow believes the new side will be as dangerous as the previus one as there are players fighting for permanent spot.

“It’s a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing. It’s a team that has a lot of new guys in, without Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Warner, Smith, so there are guys wanting to compete for places and we know just how dangerous that can be when people are pushing for a permanent place.”

The series consists of 5 ODIs and one T20I. Last time when these two teams clashed in an ODI series, England defeated Australia by 4-1.