Jonny Bairstow admits his century for England is unlikely to earn him a Test place
Last Updated: 04/11/12 10:24am
Jonny Bairstow: Yorkshireman states his case with a tour ton
Jonny Bairstow admits his maiden first-class century for England is unlikely to earn him a starting place in the first Test against India.
The Yorkshireman made 118 out of England's 338-6 on the opening day of the tour game against Mumbai A, but he is competing with Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel for selection at Ahmedabad.
"You want to be one of the 11 guys who pulls on the shirt and represents England. But if at the end of the day the balance of the side means you miss out, then so be it," said Bairstow.
"You keep working hard, and if you're not selected spend the Test in the nets.
"I'd be pleased if I did get the call, but the balance of the team is the most important thing.
"Samit is obviously in good form, coming off a century against India A and getting runs today as well - which is brilliant to see.
"Morgy is as well, so I wouldn't like to be in the position of the people above. But that's their job, and we can't do anything about it.
"I wouldn't say I'd feel hard done by, because at the end of the day the team comes first.
"If it's right for someone else to get picked in front of you for the sake of the team, then so be it.
"There's a massive amount of competition in that middle order, but there's only 11 people who can play.
"So you hope scoring a weight of runs in the warm-ups means you're pushing for a place in that side."