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Jonny Bairstow credits IPL stint for improved batting show
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Jonny Bairstow credits IPL stint for improved batting show

Jonny Bairstow has credited the experience of playing alongside the likes of David Warner in the Indian Premier League for taking his game to new heights after his match-winning knock against Pakistan in the third ODI in Bristol.

Bairstow blasted 128 off just 93 balls to help England to a six-wicket win, as the World Cup hosts chased down a target of 350 in the 45th over.

The Yorkshireman carried on his form from the IPL where he scored 445 runs in 10 outings at an average of 55.62 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"You're able to learn different things from different coaches and different players," said the 29-year-old, who paired with Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"It's just little things like game plans," Bairstow added.

"He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself. I guess it's method more than anything else. But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation."

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Furious Bairstow

Bairstow was furious when he got dismissed after scoring his seventh ODI hundred, hitting out at his stumps.

"I was cross because you want to see that through," Bairstow explained.

"You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through.

"That's where we're at as a group of players at the moment, having a competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond.

"We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through. That's a good place to be and I was cross about it."