England's Jonny Bairstow, left, celebrates reaching his 50 during the fourth one-day international match against Pakistan at Headingley on September 1, 2016. England wont he match by four wickets. Oli Scarff / AFP
England's Jonny Bairstow, left, celebrates reaching his 50 during the fourth one-day international match against Pakistan at Headingley on September 1, 2016. England wont he match by four wickets. OliShow more

Recalled Jonny Bairstow stars in England ODI win over Pakistan: ‘I want to try to impress’



LEEDS // Jonny Bairstow is determined to nail down a place in England's one-day team after his latest "supersub" display helped condemn Pakistan to a defeat on his Headingley home ground.

First-choice Test wicket-keeper Bairstow was only told he was playing by England coach Trevor Bayliss just over half-hour before the start of Thursday’s match after regular one-day gloveman Jos Buttler suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

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Bairstow responded with an assured display behind the stumps.

He then made a brisk 61 and helped Ben Stokes (69) add 103 for the fifth wicket as England, who had stumbled to 72 for four chasing a target of 248, eventually won by four wickets to go 4-0 up in this five-match series.

Last year Bairstow guided England to a one-day series clinching win over New Zealand – a key-staging post in their recovery from a dismal first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup – with an unbeaten 83 at Chester-le-Street after Buttler was ruled out with a hand injury.

There has been talk of England, the hosts of both the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup one-day tournaments, playing both Buttler and Bairstow in the same white-ball side, with one of them featuring as a specialist batsman.

But in the meantime Bairstow, who has already scored nearly 1,000 runs in Test cricket this year, is desperate to make the most of any one-day chances he gets, however late they come.

“It was about 32 minutes before the start,” Bairstow said after being asked when he knew he was playing in front of his adoring Yorkshire public on Thursday.

“Trev came over and just said, ‘You’re in’.”

However, with England on the up in one-day cricket, Bairstow wants to be more than a white-ball “reserve”.

“It’s a special group of players and we believe we can go a long way in world competitions and series,” he said.

“But naturally I’m frustrated not to be in that 11 week in week out.

“Every time I get an opportunity I want to try to impress and that’s all I can do.

“Whether that be keeping wicket, just playing as a batter, batting at one or 11 – every time you go out there you try to do your best.

“You’ve just got to take it on the chin, crack on and hope you take the opportunity when it does come along,” added Bairstow ahead of Sunday’s series finale in Cardiff.

Bairstow, the son of late former Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David Bairstow, looked considerably younger than his 26 years on Thursday, having shaved off his beard after receiving a message from his mother, Janet, a Headingley administrator.

“I got told off by my mum,” he said. “My Grandma had been on the phone.”

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Mercer, the investment consulting arm of US services company Marsh & McLennan, expects its wealth division to at least double its assets under management (AUM) in the Middle East as wealth in the region continues to grow despite economic headwinds, a company official said.

Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

Within the next two to three years, we are looking at reaching $2 to $3 billion as a conservative estimate and we do see an opportunity to do so,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Mercer does not directly make investments, but allocates clients’ money they have discretion to, to professional asset managers. They also provide advice to clients.

“We have buying power. We can negotiate on their (client’s) behalf with asset managers to provide them lower fees than they otherwise would have to get on their own,” he added.

Mercer Wealth’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and insurance companies among others.

From its office in Dubai, Mercer also looks after Africa, India and Turkey, where they also see opportunity for growth.

Wealth creation in Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 8.5 per cent to $8.1 trillion last year from $7.5tn in 2015, higher than last year’s global average of 6 per cent and the second-highest growth in a region after Asia-Pacific which grew 9.9 per cent, according to consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In the region, where wealth grew just 1.9 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, a pickup in oil prices has helped in wealth generation.

BCG is forecasting MEA wealth will rise to $12tn by 2021, growing at an annual average of 8 per cent.

Drivers of wealth generation in the region will be split evenly between new wealth creation and growth of performance of existing assets, according to BCG.

Another general trend in the region is clients’ looking for a comprehensive approach to investing, according to Mr AbuShaban.

“Institutional investors or some of the families are seeing a slowdown in the available capital they have to invest and in that sense they are looking at optimizing the way they manage their portfolios and making sure they are not investing haphazardly and different parts of their investment are working together,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Some clients also have a higher appetite for risk, given the low interest-rate environment that does not provide enough yield for some institutional investors. These clients are keen to invest in illiquid assets, such as private equity and infrastructure.

“What we have seen is a desire for higher returns in what has been a low-return environment specifically in various fixed income or bonds,” he said.

“In this environment, we have seen a de facto increase in the risk that clients are taking in things like illiquid investments, private equity investments, infrastructure and private debt, those kind of investments were higher illiquidity results in incrementally higher returns.”

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, said in its 2016 report that has gradually increased its exposure in direct private equity and private credit transactions, mainly in Asian markets and especially in China and India. The authority’s private equity department focused on structured equities owing to “their defensive characteristics.”

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Stars: Yassir Al Saggaf and Fatima Al Banawi
Rating: 2/5
 

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 Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

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Best Women's Player:  Lucy Bronze

Best Young Arab Player: Achraf Hakimi

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 Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs

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