The success of young England stars Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow is no surprise to England U19's manager John Abrahams.
Abrahams believes Bairstow and Root will prove to be influential figure's in England's batting order, describing both Root and Bairstow as "made for Test cricket."
The Yorkshire duo are getting ready for England's third Test at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow, and could they wrap up the Ashes series on Monday if they win.
England are currently 2-0 up in the five-match series, overwhelming Australia in the first two tests with an explosive display of batting and bowling.
22-year-old Root comes into the third test after scoring an incredible second-innings 180 at Lord’s, an astonishing feat for a batsman still in the early stages of his career.
Root played under Abrahams when playing for the England U19's side, playing a total of 26 times for the side. Abrahams admits he is surprised Root didn't break into the senior England team sooner, and also believes Root's attitude and overall mentality is superior to that of players considerably older than him.
“The only thing that has surprised me about Joe is that he’s done it a little bit sooner than people anticipated,” Abrahams told The Yorkshire Press.
“He’s been given the opportunity that he perhaps thought wouldn’t come as soon.
“When he was with the U19s, you get players who are part of the U19s system and you know that they’re going to play (Test cricket).
“The way he played for us, even though we play a fair amount of one-day cricket and he was involved with that, you could tell he was made for Test match cricket.
“It was just his whole attitude, his approach to his game and the game itself.
“His worth ethic and the skills he had already were very impressive. It’s not a surprise at all, but perhaps opportunities have come a little bit sooner.
Bairstow never played for the England U19's due to conflicting county commitments, but Abrahams believes Bairstow will be among the England senior set-up for a long time to come.
“Jonny, when he was potentially part of our programme, didn’t really come to the fore as much as somebody like Joe did. Abrahams said.
“We did select him for the U19s, but around the same time Yorkshire did for their first XI, and they had priority over his selection.
“He’s a quality player. He’s slightly different to Joe in that he’s more aggressive and attacking than Joe. Playing for England at five or six probably suits him, and I expect him to be around for a long time as well.”
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