Jonny be good' is motto for in-form Bairstow

LONDON: Jonny Bairstow may be riding the crest of a cricketing wave but England's in-form wicketkeeper-batsman says he is only too well aware of the perils of taking things for granted.

The flame-haired Yorkshireman has certainly been red-hot with the bat in the past year, making three big test hundreds, three half-centuries and six scores in the 40s since replacing Jos Buttler behind the stumps against Australia in July 2015.

Bairstow also struck a match-winning 83 not out in a thrilling one-day victory over New Zealand in Durham 13 months ago.

"I'm happy with the way it's going but at the same time there's a lot of hard work still to be done in all facets of my game," he told Reuters in an interview before teeing off in the British Par-Three Golf Championship pro-am at Nailcote Hall on Tuesday.

"There's a stupid stat that one of the lads spent 300 nights in a hotel room last year... so if you're not enjoying it, it's going to be a long year.

"You spend more time with the lads than you do with your families. Getting 15 lads together can be tricky as well, when we go away this winter we've got Bangladesh and India... you try having room service every night?," chuckled Bairstow.

"It's good to get away from it sometimes... it's great fun to come down to something like this at the par-three championship."