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Jonny Bairstow has defended his England colleagues amid criticism they dropped too many catches during the Investec series win over West Indies.

Joe Root's team shelled 14 chances over the three Tests, including six in the second Test at Headingley which saw the tourists knock off 322 to claim an unlikely victory.

It led to criticism from coach Trevor Bayliss, who described the team's catching as 'terrible' and demanded an improvement ahead of this winter's Ashes tour of Australia.

Jonny Bairstow tries his hands at playing steel drums with Royal London ahead of England's one-day international series with West Indies this month

Jonny Bairstow tries his hands at playing steel drums with Royal London ahead of England's one-day international series with West Indies this month

Bairstow (left) and England short-form team-mate Tom Curran receive their tuition 

Bairstow (left) and England short-form team-mate Tom Curran receive their tuition 

Wicketkeeper Bairstow offered an explanation for the missed chances at his home ground Headingley, saying it all came down to positioning.

He said: 'People make mistakes, we've all dropped catches before and that's the nature of being in the slips.

'People say no catch is an easy catch, but it's even harder coming out of a crowd that are all wearing different colours and at different paces.

'Perhaps one thing people didn't realise is how close we were standing at Headingley because we had two that dropped short down the hill and that doesn't normally happen.

'so we went up a metre-and-a-half from where we started the day. When the second new ball came around, that metre-and-a-half at the 86mph Broady was bowling is a huge space.

England wicketkeeper Bairstow laughs during the recent Test series win over West Indies 

England wicketkeeper Bairstow laughs during the recent Test series win over West Indies 

England dropped catches 14 times during the three Tests against West Indies, including here when Alastair Cook shelled Kraigg Brathwaite at Lord's 

England dropped catches 14 times during the three Tests against West Indies, including here when Alastair Cook shelled Kraigg Brathwaite at Lord's 

James Anderson (centre) claimed his 500th Test wicket during the win at Lord's 

James Anderson (centre) claimed his 500th Test wicket during the win at Lord's 

'It gives you a heck of a lot more time to adjust and if it wobbles or swings, it's all compounded by how close you are.

'But we weren't good enough and we didn't

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