Ashes 2019: Would be great to beat Australia, but whatever happens, World Cup still top – Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow poses with the World Cup trophy at Lord's. © AFP

Jonny Bairstow is hoping to be part of an Ashes-regaining England Test team this season, but believes that irrespective of what happens across the forthcoming five-Test series against Australia, winning the 2019 World Cup will have a longer-lasting impact on English cricket.

On July 14 at Lord’s, England were crowned World Cup winners after New Zealand drew level with their Super Over total following a tied result at the end of regular playing time. This was the first time that England won the World Cup.

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“I don’t think you can ever take the memories of the World Cup win away,” Bairstow told reporters in Birmingham ahead of Thursday’s Ashes opener. “I don’t think that will be lost if we didn’t win the Ashes.

“You can never take the memories of celebrating in Trafalgar Square away from the people who were there, or the memories of people who were in the pub watching with their mates or those down at cricket clubs. There was a euphoria around the whole country.

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“There have been other series since the 2005 Ashes but everyone remembers that fondly, there have been Rugby World Cups since the win in 2003 but the impact of it wasn’t lost. So there will be a longer lasting effect of the World Cup win beyond this summer – but we want to win the Ashes as well. We want to keep the momentum we’ve got going in what is the biggest summer of English cricket we’ve had and probably will have for a long, long time.”

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Jonny Bairstow bagged a pair against Ireland at Lord’s. © Getty

Several members of England’s victorious World Cup squad were offered the chance to rest after the tournament and before the Ashes, and Bairstow was one of them who declined. He played last week’s four-day Test match against Ireland at Lord’s and failed to score in both innings.

The match did, however, give him valuable time keeping wickets after Jos Buttler did that job during the World Cup.

“I didn’t want to be going into the first Ashes Test having not kept – I wanted to get back keeping and (have) the rhythm of my keeping. That was the main reason for playing in the Ireland game,” said Bairstow. “(The pair) was my first time in 12 years so I’m absolutely not worried about that, hopefully it’s another 12 years before the next and we’ll be all right.”