Jonny Bairstow admits England ‘didn’t play best cricket’ in World Cup as he gives Chris Evans Virgin Breakfast Show shoulder injury update

ENGLAND star Jonny Bairstow confessed the World Cup semi-finalists have not played their best cricket.

Eoin Morgan’s team face the biggest one-day international of their generation when they play Australia on Thursday in the last four.

Jonny Bairstow suffered a shoulder injury in England's win over New Zealand
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Jonny Bairstow suffered a shoulder injury in England’s World Cup win over New Zealand[/caption]

And, speaking to The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, opener Bairstow gave a candid assessment following wins over India and New Zealand.

The 29-year-old told Evans: “We started alright and then had a couple of blips halfway through, we knew we didn’t play our best cricket and didn’t do ourselves justice.

“To win those two games and to have played against India and New Zealand very recently and obviously being higher in the table then we are, the intensity of the games we played definitely helped.

“So there is two schools of thought about our performance, whether it is good, bad or somewhere in-between.

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“I think the boys are pleased with how we are going about it and we are really enjoying it. Hopefully it will continue that this week.”

Bairstow plundered back-to-back centuries to see England into the World Cup semi-finals in the wake of Jason Roy’s return from a hamstring injury.

But there were worries about Bairstow himself after suffering a knock to the shoulder in the New Zealand victory.

He added: “If you think you can get it, you get it. Like you say I’m not someone that goes into anything half-hearted.

Bairstow spoke to The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show ahead of the World Cup semi-finals
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Bairstow spoke to The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show ahead of the World Cup semi-finals[/caption]

“I’m pretty sure it is fine, still a bit achy (his shoulder). But that is part and parcel of it, you are going to be a bit sore after throwing yourself around.

“You can only imagine how sore some of the rugby players are, after they have played on a Saturday and then got to be back in training.

“I will be absolutely fine, everyone else is in the same situation at the moment. Obviously after nine games at the World Cup there are going to a few sore bodies around. It is exciting none the less.”

Bairstow said he would be fit enough to face Australia in the World Cup semi-final on Thursday
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Bairstow said he would be fit enough to face Australia in the World Cup semi-final on Thursday[/caption]

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