Bairstow has come of age - Bayliss


Jonny Bairstow has come of age and proved he belongs in Test cricket, says England coach Trevor Bayliss.

England's hopes of completing a series whitewash against Sri Lanka were ruined by the heavy rain as the tourists reached 78-1 in pursuit of 362 on a heavily disrupted day five of the third Test at Lord's.

However, there have been plenty of positives for England, not least the form of wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow, who was named Man of the Series.

The Yorkshireman made 387 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 129 during the series.

Since being recalled to the Test team in the winning Ashes series against Australia last year, Bairstow has gone from strength-to-strength in the longest format, much to the delight of Bayliss.

"The form of Jonny Bairstow with the bat has been phenomenal," he told Sky Sports. "He's really come of age and looks like he belongs here."

Alex Hales was another solid performer, the opener falling agonisingly short of a maiden Test century with a knock of 94 in the second innings of the third Test.

Bayliss praised Hales, whose position was under scrutiny after he struggled in the tour of South Africa, but admitted the badly out-of-form Nick Compton faces an uncertain future in the Test line-up.

"After the South Africa series people were calling for Alex Hales' head. He showed that he can play and it's unfortunate he couldn't get to a hundred," he added.

"We'll discuss Nick Compton. It's always difficult when a player is struggling. He's a hard worker and he'll give himself every chance to score runs."