Cape Town - England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow
says he would rather win the Cricket World Cup than the Ashes as they prepare
for a massive summer of cricket on home soil.
Bairstow's country will host the World Cup, starting on May 30, and
are looking for their first ever World Cup title when
they start their campaign at the end of the month against the Proteas
at the Oval.
After the global tournament, all the attention will turn to the Ashes
and the arrival of the Australia Test side, but Bairstow says because
of the work the side has put in over the past two years the World Cup
takes precedent this summer.
"I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it's been so long since
we've had an opportunity to win one," Bairstow told Sky Sports.
"I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of
players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly
believe we've put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.
"Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren't at 18 months, two years ago.
"That's from the vision Morgs (England captain Eoin Morgan) has had and the way we are playing our one-day cricket."
England preliminary World Cup squad:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali,
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam
Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey,
Chris Woakes, Mark Wood