Cook heaps praise on Bairstow after stunning England debut

Cook believes England have unearthed a real talent in Jonny Bairstow after his brilliant international debut

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Cook was full of praise for debutant Bairstow Photo: The Sport Review

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Alastair Cook was left thoroughly impressed by Jonny Bairstow’s England debut after the 21-year-old hit 41 from 21 balls to help win the fifth one-day international against India.

Bairstow was only called into the squad on Thursday but looked the part from the off after arriving at the crease with England needing 75 from 50 balls in Cardiff.

“I’ve never seen an entrance into internationals like it,” said Cook after the victory. “To go out without fear and play with such skill. We might have found one.

“Jonny has made a name for himself. It’s hard not to get too carried away but that was an unbelievable knock. I can’t praise that enough.”

Cook added: “That was an outstanding chase, 240 in 34 overs, to get it done with 10 balls to spare. The batting line-up as a whole can take a lot of credit for that, and the way Jonny and Ravi [Bopara] finished it off was spectacular.”

Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow described his first international innings as a “dream come true”.

“I just wanted to go out and play my natural game,” said Bairstow. “It wasn’t necessarily easy and it was really pleasing the way it turned out in the end. To start off like this is a dream come true.”

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