Batting depth puts England in a good place - Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow has hailed the strength in depth at England's disposal, even though it could well mean he misses out on selection for the Champions Trophy.

With Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler playing in the Indian Premier League, Bairstow made the most of a chance to impress on Sunday, thumping 72 not out from 44 balls as England beat Ireland by 85 runs at Lord's.

Despite his generally prolific form over a prolonged period, England's Test wicketkeeper - who also thumped 174 in a one-day match for Yorkshire this week - appears likely to be omitted when Stokes and Buttler are available again.

Asked about his battle to nail down an ODI spot, Bairstow was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "It's a good place to be for us as a side going into the Champions Trophy [which starts on June 1].

"If I'm making contributions in whatever game I'm playing, I'm happy.

"The one-day team is something I have been targeting. I want to be a part of every England side. With the group we have it's an exciting blend but selection is above me."

Although Bairstow keeps wicket for England in the five-day format, Sam Billings was handed the gloves for the two ODIs against Ireland.

Bairstow described the decision as "desperately disappointing" but indicated it would only motivate him to work harder on his game.

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