Cape Town - Jonny Bairstow believes England are
following a similar blueprint to the one that allowed the New Zealand
rugby team to flourish for much of the last decade.
The All Blacks may have relinquished their iron grip on the Rugby
World Cup over the weekend when they lost to England but Bairstow
pointed out experience held the key to their back-to-back triumphs in
the last two editions.
Much of the England side that ended the country's wait for a 50-over
global title in July will be in contention for next year's T20 World Cup
in Australia, a factor Bairstow insists only enhances their prospects.
Asked whether the World Cup win has only whetted their appetite for
more trophies, Bairstow responded: "Without a doubt. It's a fascinating
period to be playing cricket for England.
"There's some very, very talented guys that have played a lot of
cricket now for England that are all together and have the experience of
going through the ups, the downs and everything in between.
"I think if you look at the All Blacks in the two previous World
Cups, the amount of caps they had leading into those tournaments,
there's a reason why they were successful.
"Vice versa, there's a reason why we have the processes we have
implemented and the way in which we’re going about our training, our
fitness levels and everything like that is heading in the right
As for England's semi-final victory over the All Blacks in Yokohama,
Bairstow added: "We all watched it at the team hotel and it was amazing
"To say you've watched the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand when England were playing New Zealand is pretty cool."
Bairstow is undaunted by the prospect of only 12 months of
preparation for the T20 World Cup as opposed to the meticulous four-year
planning that went into the 50-over success.
He added: "You've got guys playing T20 in competitions around the
world whether that be the Indian Premier League, Big Bash (in Australia)
or whatever it may be, so I'm not too sure it's going to make too much
of a difference.
"Then you've got the Hundred that's starting next year so that's an
even shorter format that will allow people to put their skills on show
to potentially push for that squad."