Cape Town - England wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is confident that
England will have the ability and mental strength to be competitive in
Sri Lanka lost their last home series against South Africa after dropping the first three games on good surfaces.
The England keeper hoped they would be afforded similarly good
surfaces for their five match ODI series that gets underway next
Wednesday (October 10).
Bairstow told talkSPORT: "If you look at the pitches for South Africa
they looked like good cricket pitches, whether they change their
tactics and produce pitches that are slightly different for us... so be it.
"We've got to prepare like that's the case. Yes, we'd like to play on
good pitches and yes, we'd like to have high-scoring games but we're
prepared to guts it out and grit it out if needed.
"Both teams have to bat and bowl on them, whether it's batting first
or bowling first, under lights or through the day. We've experienced
these challenges before in India and Bangladesh and come out on top, so
we’re confident going into the series.
"We like to think the majority of our players have experienced conditions around the world."
Bairstow says that the tour to Sri Lanka offers him an opportunity to show how much he has improved as a batsman in ODI cricket.
"If you look back 18 months you wouldn't necessarily be standing here saying those words," he said.
"It's great that it's gone so well but you want to keep it going in
the right direction. I'm happy with my game, but you want to keep
improving, moving forward, pushing yourself.
"This is a great opportunity to do that."