By India Today Sports Desk: England cricketer Jonny Bairstow cannot wait to make a comeback in the national side after his long injury layover. Bairstow has been out of international action since August 2022 after suffering a horrific leg injury. Bairstow suffered a leg fracture while playing golf in September 2022. He slipped and overcompensated while trying to regain his balance, which resulted in a broken fibula in three places and a dislocated ankle. He underwent surgery a week later and was ruled out of the remainder of the year, including England's T20 World Cup campaign.
Bairstow has since made a full recovery and was named in England's squad for the one-off Test against Ireland in May 2023.
"I've missed it. You just want to be out there playing with your mates. Enjoying good times, enjoying good company. During Covid, it was tough being away from your family and loved ones. This winter has been tough as well in a completely different way," Bairstow told Talksport in an interview ahead of England's one-off Test match against Ireland, set to start on 1 June.
"So, being back with your mates and representing your country is something that I can't wait for and I'll be immensely proud to do it again," Bairstow further added.
Bairstow's return will be crucial for England who will be hoping to return to full strength, at least in their batting line-up ahead of the Ashes series. Before getting injured, Bairstow was one of the most destructive batters under Brendon McCullum's England who had scored multiple centuries in 2022. Bairstow had scored 994 runs from 8 Test matches in 2022 and was on course for his best-ever season in red-ball cricket.
His highest score was 136 runs, which he scored against New Zealand at Trent Bridge. He also scored 114 runs against India at Lord's and 106 runs against South Africa at Headingley before getting injured.
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