Bairstow: 'England must set the record straight'

Alastair Cook's side will get an opportunity to square the series in the second Test in Manchester, which starts on Friday, and wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow knows the team must show what they are made of.

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow.

Jonny Bairstow said it is time for England to "put the record straight" at Old Trafford as it licks its wounds following a first-Test defeat to Pakistan last week.

Yasir Shah took 10 wickets in the match as the tourist sealed a 75-run victory on Sunday to take a 1-0 advantage in the four-match series.

Alastair Cook's side will get an opportunity to square the series in the second Test in Manchester, which starts on Friday, and wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow knows the team must show what they are made of.

"We've got to go out there and put the record straight. We were slightly behind the eight ball pretty much all the way through." he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It's a case of going out there, expressing ourselves and really just going out and attacking the challenge."

Fit-again duo James Anderson and Ben Stokes have been recalled to a 14-man squad along with leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Bairstow believes such competition for places shows the talent which England have at their disposal.

"Fourteen into 11 doesn't go so there's going to be some desperately disappointed guys that miss out for those spots come Friday morning," said the Yorkshireman.

"I'm just trying to concentrate on training and hopefully getting in that final 11 for the game on Friday. It shows the strength in depth that we've got throughout all three formats of the game."

Yasir caused the England batsmen all sorts of problems at the home of cricket and Bairstow said they must counter the threat of the world's top-ranked bowler.

"We gave him some soft wickets at Lord's. It will be a good challenge. There's no reason why we can't go into Old Trafford, into Edgbaston and into The Oval and nullify that threat." he added.