Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from the Hundred’s group phase and will not participate in this year’s competition*.
Prior to joining England’s Test team to face South Africa, Bairstow was scheduled to play for Welsh Fire. He was scheduled to be available for the team’s first two or three games, including Wednesday’s season opener against the reigning champions Southern Brave. However, as ESPNcricinfo reported, he has withdrawn in order to relax before that series and the upcoming busy winter.
Talking about his decision, he told, “ I’m really disappointed I won’t be part of the Hundred this year. I loved it last year, but I’ve had a hectic few months with the schedule as it is and I really need to take a breather before the South Africa Test series. All the best to the Welsh Fire men and women – I’ll be cheering you on.”
England Cricket has a hectic touring schedule this year. This winter, England is scheduled to visit South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan (twice), Australia (with bilateral series on either side of the T20 World Cup), and Pakistan (once). Their tour obligations start only a few days after the last Test of the home season against South Africa.
Since being called up for a Test match, Bairstow has been extremely busy, playing more games for England across all forms than any other player since the year 2021. He missed the T20I series against India but has participated in all nine of England’s matches thereafter.
“We understand Jonny’s decision and wish him all the best. We can’t wait to get our Hundred campaign under way tomorrow night and then look forward to getting back in front of our own fans at Sophia Gardens on Sunday.” Welsh Fire official statement about Jonny Bairstow’s absence in The Hundred.