Jonny Bairstow comments on his time at Leeds United with England international pair

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The England cricketer played with the likes of Danny Rose and Fabian Delph until he was 15.

Johnny Bairstow may now be better known for his role as England wicket-keeper batsman but the 26-year-old from Bradford also spent time on the books at Leeds United.

His late father David Bairstow played first-class cricket for England and also played football for Bradford City so Bairstow was following in the footsteps of his old man slightly but he left when he was 15 to concentrate on cricket.

Not that he ever thought he would make it!

He has been speaking to the Daily Mail this week in which he commented on his time at Leeds and the talented players he played with – including England internationals Danny Rose and Fabian Delph:

“I also played football at Leeds United from about seven through to 15, starting up front and ending up at right back, but I don’t think I was ever going to be good enough.

“It was a strong age group, with people like Danny Rose, Matty Lowton, who’s now at Burnley, Fabian Delph and Tom Taiwo and Michael Woods who were at Chelsea.

“Fabian was the skinniest kid in the group but he was so strong while Danny was the hardest tackler. He used to fly in like he does now for Spurs."

Bairstow, who also commented on his love for rugby union, was certainly in a gifted class considering how well Rose and Delph have come on at Tottenham and Aston Villa/Manchester City since leaving the Yorkshire club.

The Elland Road club has been given a lot of credit in recent times for their development of young talent – with the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor all shining.

But it seems they have even helped develop a top cricketing talent as well.

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