Jonny Bairstow Pulls Out Of Hundred To Rest Ahead Of South Africa Series

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Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from the controversial Hundred Tournament to ensure he is fresh for England’s upcoming three-Test series, at home in South Africa. Bairstow was named in the England squad announced on Tuesday for the first two tests of a series starting August 17 at Lord’s. England and South Africa meet again at Old Trafford in Manchester before returning to London for the third test at the Oval which begins on September 8. England also have a packed post-season touring schedule, particularly for multi-format internationals such as Bairstow, with series in Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh, in addition to the Twenty20 World Cup.

Bairstow, 32, would represent the Cardiff franchise Welsh Fire in the second season of the Hundred — the fledgling English cricket match of 100 balls per side — with the side facing champions Southern Brave in Southampton on Wednesday.

“I’m really disappointed that I won’t be part of The Hundred this year,” said Bairstow.

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“Last year I loved it, but I’ve had a few hectic months with the schedule as it is and I really need to get some rest before the South African test series.

“All the best to the men and women of the Welsh Fire – I’ll cheer you on.”

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