England v Pakistan ODIs - Men's
Bairstow hails Warner after blitz
Englishman explains how his time spent with the Australian in India has helped raise his game
15 May 2019, 10:20 AM AEST
England's Jonny Bairstow says his Indian Premier League stint batting alongside Australian David Warner has taken his game to new heights.
Bairstow declared Warner an "excellent" teammate after their stint together opening the batting for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as the one-time vehement Ashes rivals struck up a friendship.
The 29-year-old's century on Tuesday helped England make light work of chasing down a whopping 359-run target to win by six wickets in the third one-day international in Bristol to take a 2-0 series lead over Pakistan.
Pakistan's 8-358 on a flat pitch with a career-best 151 from Imam-ul-Haq looked to have given the visitors a fair chance of victory but it proved inadequate as Bairstow led the England charge.
He smashed 128 from 93 balls after sharing a 159-run first wicket stand with Jason Roy, launching the hosts to their second-highest successful ODI run chase.
"You're able to learn different things from different coaches and different players," said Bairstow of his time with Warner at the IPL.
"It's just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself.
"I guess it's method more than anything else."
Earlier this month Bairstow spoke about how Warner the teammate differed from the one with whom he clashed during the the 2017-18 Ashes series on Australian soil.
"He has had a lot of things that have gone on over the last 18 months and the IPL was only his second competition back," Bairstow told the Telegraph UK.
"I think that experience (ball-tampering) can only change you as a person.
"He was a very good teammate, he passed on a lot of knowledge about local bowlers, game-plans, pitches, everything. He was excellent.
"We can say hello now. We did not have a connection before, but now we’ve played together and done well together and had a good partnership it will make a difference.
"We spent five weeks together having dinner and coffees. It changes things but it will still be England versus Australia."
There were still 5.1 overs left when England captain Eoin Morgan struck the winning run to beat Pakistan on Tuesday.
"Extremely proud, we felt that was on par, and Jonny and Jason were brilliant," Morgan, who will lead England into the World Cup on home soil, said.
"When guys perform like this it builds confidence, for looking ahead, it builds confidence in the group."
England had made 373 in their victory at Southampton at the weekend and once again showed the formidable firepower which will make them one of the favourites in the looming tournament.
Openers Roy and Bairstow began tucking into the Pakistan attack with relish, racking up 74 from the first 10 overs and taking it to 159 in 17.3 overs.
Roy struck four sixes in his 76 while Bairstow belted 15 fours and five sixes before he was eventually bowled by Junaid Khan.
Joe Root then chipped in with 43 and Ben Stokes 37 as England romped to the joint fifth-highest successful ODI run chase.
England quick Chris Woakes had earlier reduced Pakistan to 2-27 before opener Imam hit a superb 151 to enable the visitors to post a big score for the second match in a row.
They smashed 361 in a losing cause at Southampton after the first ODI in the series was washed out at The Oval.
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
May 22: (warm-up) Australia v West Indies, Southampton
May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton
May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
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