Jonny Bairstow says Tests still his priority despite fears for long-form game

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• Bairstow has no desire to follow Alex Hales and Adil Rashid’s path
• 28-year-old fit to play for England in third ODI against New Zealand

Jonny Bairstow has said that he prizes his Test career above all else. His comments come as James Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker of all-time, expressed his fears for the future of the format.

Bairstow, England’s one-day international opener and Test wicketkeeper, excels in all versions – as 62 white-ball appearances for his country demonstrate. But 50 Test caps stand most proud for the 28-year-old, who sees the obvious threat from Twenty20 franchise competitions to the well-being of the longest format.

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