Bairstow picks Cricket World Cup over Ashes

Jonny Bairstow (Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow (Getty Images)

Cape Town - England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow says he would rather win the Cricket World Cup than the Ashes as they prepare for a massive summer of cricket on home soil.

Bairstow's country will host the World Cup, starting on May 30, and are looking for their first ever World Cup title when they start their campaign at the end of the month against the Proteas at the Oval.

After the global tournament, all the attention will turn to the Ashes and the arrival of the Australia Test side, but Bairstow says because of the work the side has put in over the past two years the World Cup takes precedent this summer.

"I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it's been so long since we've had an opportunity to win one," Bairstow told Sky Sports.

"I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we've put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.

"Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren't at 18 months, two years ago.

"That's from the vision Morgs (England captain Eoin Morgan) has had and the way we are playing our one-day cricket."

England preliminary World Cup squad:

Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

loading... Live
Chelsea 1
Watford 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
47% - 3411 votes
Cricket
11% - 807 votes
Football
18% - 1315 votes
Athletics
2% - 142 votes
Boxing
1% - 59 votes
Cycling
2% - 154 votes
Golf
5% - 372 votes
Motorsport
7% - 532 votes
Tennis
3% - 229 votes
Water sports
1% - 63 votes
American sports
1% - 57 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 192 votes
Vote