Jonny Bairstow pulls out of Welsh Fire's Hundred campaign

Jonny Bairstow pulls out of Welsh Fire’s Hundred campaign after a ‘hectic few months’ of international cricket… with England batsman set to focus on rest ahead of Test series against South Africa

  • Jonny Bairstow was named in England’s Test squad to face South Africa at Lord’s 
  • Pakistan tours and T20 World Cup are part of busy autumn and winter schedule 
  • Bairstow was due to represent Welsh Fire against champions Southern Brave 
  • But ‘a hectic few months’ of international cricket means he has pulled out 

Jonny Bairstow has pulled out of Welsh Fire’s men’s Hundred campaign to focus on resting and recuperating before England’s upcoming Test series against South Africa.

Bairstow was on Tuesday named in the squad to face the Proteas at Lord’s on August 17. They will do battle again later that month at Emirates Old Trafford, with Ben Stokes’ men concluding their red-ball summer at the Kia Oval for the third Test, which will begin on September 8.

England also have a busy autumn and winter schedule that includes two tours of Pakistan and series against Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh, as well as the Twenty20 World Cup.

England star Jonny Bairstow has pulled out of Welsh Fire’s men’s Hundred campaign

He wants to focus on resting and recuperating before England’s upcoming Test series against South Africa

The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batter – a constant fixture in the England side since being recalled in late 2020 – was due to represent Welsh Fire in their opening match against champions Southern Brave at Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.

But he will no longer be making himself available for selection after enduring ‘a hectic few months’ of international cricket.

Bairstow said in a statement: ‘I’m really disappointed I won’t be part of The Hundred this year. 

Bairstow blamed ‘a hectic few months’ of international cricket for his absence from the tournament

‘I loved it last year, but I’ve had a hectic few months with the schedule as it is and I really need to take a breather before the South Africa Test series. All the best to the Welsh Fire men and women – I’ll be cheering you on.’

A Welsh Fire statement read: ‘We understand Jonny’s decision and wish him all the best. 

‘We can’t wait to get our Hundred campaign under way on Wednesday night and then look forward to getting back in front of our own fans at Sophia Gardens on Sunday.’




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