Jonny BairstowLord's memories of World Cup victory can be England's inspiration

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Jonny Bairstow exclusive: Lord’s memories of World Cup victory can be England’s inspiration 

Joe Root and Ben Stokes of England wear red caps in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation at Lord's Cricket Ground
England return to Lord's a month on from their World Cup victory and both sides will be supporting the Ruth Strauss Foundation during the Test Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A Lord’s Test is a special occasion. There is nothing like it. On day one it will have extra special resonance because it will be exactly a month since we were here winning the World Cup final. Can that be an inspiration for an Ashes victory? Of course it can.

Different format, different opponents as well obviously, but it only feels like five minutes since we were here winning the World Cup and those memories can only help.

Jofra Archer was a big part of that. He is fit and firing. We know what he brings to this team. It will be a case of him posing a different challenge for Australia. Facing him in the nets has been tricky. His bouncer is hard to pick. He is also a very skilful bowler with…

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