Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow has replaced wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the remainder of England’s Royal London one-day international series against Australia.
The 25-year-old was left out of the squad which lost by 64 runs to the Baggy Green at Lord’s on Saturday, but with Buttler now rested, he is included ahead of tomorrow’s meeting at Old Trafford and subsequent fixture at Headingley before a closing return to Manchester.
England coach Trevor Bayliss said: “Jonny Bairstow now has a chance to build on the one-day form he showed at the end of the New Zealand series earlier this summer.”
That form included a series-winning 83 not out against New Zealand in June, with many considering him unlucky to miss out on the start of this series. His departure for the England camp means he will miss Yorkshire’s likely title coronation against Middlesex this week.
Bairstow featured in the final three Ashes Tests and scored 74 runs in the fourth at Trent Bridge as England secured a series victory to recover the urn.
His contribution against Gloucestershire, however, wasn’t enough to deny the Gladiators’ captain Michael Klinger an unbeaten 137, or thwart a fine knock of 78 not out from Hamish Marshall that secured an eight-wicket win over Yorkshire in the Royal London Cup.
They shared an unbroken record third-wicket stand of 170 in 28 overs at Headingley to see Gloucestershire through to their first Lord’s final in 11 years.
Klinger went back to Australia after scoring 87 in their quarter-final win over Hampshire but returned for this match and now expects to stay ahead of the final against either Surrey or Nottinghamshire.
He and Marshall turned the game on its head after Yorkshire had got off to a blistering start with a century opening stand between the dynamic Adam Lyth, who plundered 96, and captain Alex Lees. But Yorkshire’s final total of 263-9 proved to be wholly inadequate as the Gloucestershire pair ran up their side’s highest ever partnership against the White Rose for any wicket in one-day cricket and they won the match with 3.1 overs remaining.
Klinger’s 137 came off 145 balls with nine fours and four sixes while Marshall’s 78 contained eight boundaries and was made off 75 deliveries.
Gloucestershire were given the ideal start by Chris Dent and Klinger before Dent was bowled for 28 by Matthew Fisher, and when Gareth Roderick drove Will Rhodes to Jack Leaning, they were 90-2. But from then on the game slipped out of Yorkshire’s grasp.
It was almost entirely through the efforts of Lyth that Yorkshire got off to a cracking start with 50 runs off the first 10 overs – he contributed 45 of them to Lees’ six. He stated his intentions in a loose first over from James Fuller.
Lyth was severe on Fuller who was rested after three overs had cost him 28 and Lees’ share of the runs when the 50 came up was only two. Lyth dashed to his half-century off 41 balls with eight boundaries.
The stand entered three figures as Lees off-drove Benny Howell for his one and only boundary and two balls later he hit a low return catch to end an opening stand of 103 of which he contributed 21.
Leaning fell lbw playing across the line at Howell and there was generous applause for Jonny Bairstow when he joined the fray at 127-2.
Lyth suddenly launched Jack Taylor high over mid-wicket for six, but just when a century beckoned he top-edged a hook at Fuller and was caught close to the ground at long leg by David Payne, his 96 coming off 88 balls with 10 fours and a six.
But the dismissal which really hurt Yorkshire and left them on 198-4 in the 36th over was that of Bairstow, who in Norwell’s previous over had patted back a low catch to the bowler who appeared to drop the ball while about to throw it into the air.
It took quite a while before the third umpire, David Millns, decided the catch had not been completed when the ball slipped from Norwell’s grasp.
Neither Yorkshire nor Bairstow benefited because in Norwell’s next over Bairstow was lbw without adding to his 34 and wickets were then lost to some tame shots.
Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final, Headingley: Yorkshire 263-9 (50 overs): Lyth 96, Bairstow 34; Howell 3-37. Gloucestershire 267-2 (46.5 overs): Klinger 137 not out, Marshall 78 not out. Gloucestershire won by eight wickets.