After injuring his finger during the third Test defeat at Trent Bridge, Bairstow could feature as a specialist batsman only, but the Yorkshireman is keen to return as England’s wicketkeeper.
Ahead of the fourth Test, which begins on Thursday at the Ageas Bowl, Bairstow said: “The finger feels good, the swelling has gone down and it is a lot better than I thought it was going to be.
“I am going to try and keep wicket in training.
“You obviously want to play so, if I am not able to keep wicket, then I’d like to think I would play as a specialist batsman.
“But at the same time, I am desperate to try and keep my place as the keeper.”
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