England batter Jonny Bairstow, who is set to return to international cricket after eight months on the sidelines due to a horrific leg injury, has revealed that he wondered whether he’ll be able to walk again and play cricket or not while missing the action following his freak accident.
The 33-year-old Bairstow grabbed all the headlines when England announced their squad for the one-off Test against Ireland, with the wicket-keeper batter returning after an eight-month layoff just in time for the Ashes.
In September 2022, Bairstow suffered a freak leg injury on the golf course and had to undergo surgery to repair a broken leg and dislocated ankle. The England star was on a dream run in Test cricket before the incident, scoring 1061 runs in 10 matches in the calendar year.
The attacking batter eventually missed England’s victorious T20 World Cup campaign in Australia as a result and the monumental Test series victory against Pakistan.
The journey back to cricket has been trying, as revealed by Bairstow, who recently returned to competitive cricket with Yorkshire in the County Championship.
“You wonder whether or not you’ll be able to walk again, jog again, run again, play cricket again. Absolutely, those things do go through your mind. It depends on how long you think about them. There are many different things, until you get back to playing, well…you wonder, is it going to feel the same?” Bairstow was quoted as saying by ICC.