Bairstow admits England let down Root    Getty Images
Bairstow admits England let down Root Getty Images

Apart from losing the first two Ashes Tests, England have also been facing problems regarding not-so-decent behaviour off the field. England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow involved with Cameron Bancroft in the infamous head-butt scene while Ben Duckett has now been dropped from England Lions’ remaining matches, following his incident of pouring drink over teammate James Anderson. Ahead of the third Test, Bairstow admits that England have let down their skipper Joe Root in many ways.

“I think everyone realises that is something we have done. And not just him,” Bairstow said, reported Cricbuzz. “I think it has all been dealt with, and we need to move on from that. As players, we get back into training tomorrow and that is at the forefront of our mind. We’ve got three matches to go and we’ve got to win three Test matches. That is the challenge we’re faced with,” he added.

“There are things that have been blown up, but at the same time, it is your job. If we don’t play cricket well, then we lose our jobs. That is part and parcel of it, and we need to rebuild the trust we had built over the last few years as a team. That starts on Thursday morning.

“You rebuild it by winning games of cricket. You’ve got to go out and win games and that starts at training and then in the Test. We’re 2-0 down and it is a situation you don’t want to be in. At the same time we’re not completely out of it, we’ve got three opportunities to go and do something special.”

England’s record at WACA is a matter of worry for them but Bairstow believes it is never impossible to win the Test. “South Africa won at the WACA last year. They’ve won there the last two times, so there is no reason why we can’t. As a side we’ve played some good cricket so far in the series but not done it for long enough. They’ve won the key periods of play. The guys have spent time in the middle but not spent long enough. We’ve been in, but we need to bat longer as a unit. It doesn’t just affect that innings or that game. That is effectively what we need to do. We need to be out there for 110, 120, 130 overs and, at this moment in time, we’ve not done it.

“We were in a position to win that game [at Adelaide] on the last day. Going into the fifth day there was a genuine belief we could win that Test match and we could be sat here at 1-1. We need to bat longer than we’ve batted and we need to get their bowlers into fourth spells. It is as simple as that. Bat for a longer period of time than we have done.”