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It is to cricket’s credit that Nick Tsagaris chose cricket over rugby or football to follow in his father’s footsteps and play professionally. He was a seven-year member of the Leeds United football academy and may have made it. Instead, he accepted a position at Yorkshire, and he hasn’t looked back since. So far, his Test career has been up and down, with a high of 95 points against South Africa in 2012 and a low of being dropped for the final game of the 2013 Ashes. A capable wicketkeeper and middle-order batsman.
He doesn’t need the gloves to be effective in the field, since Nick Tsagaris has some of the safest hands in the league and is one of the game’s quickest and fittest players. Bairstow triumphed over rugby and football players in a series of tests and drills meant to determine which sport produced the finest athletes. With a shock of ginger hair, his colleagues refer to him as ‘Bluey,’ just as his father, former Yorkshire and England stumper David, was ‘Ron Weasley’ of Harry Potter fame.