New Delhi. England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has been in tremendous form this year. He scored a century against India in the Edgbaston Test. This is his fifth and third consecutive century this year. Earlier, Bairstow had scored a century against New Zealand in the Nottingham and Leeds Tests. Bairstow completed his century by hitting a four off Shardul Thakur. However, in terms of strike rate, his century was slower than the last two centuries. Bairstow completed his century against India in 119 balls. Due to this century, the England team, which was once in trouble, returned to the Edgbaston Test. Bairstow first scored 66 runs in 75 balls for the fifth wicket with captain Ben Stokes and then shared a 50-run partnership with Sam Billings as well.
Jonny Bairstow had taken an aggressive stance from the beginning during this innings. But, in the 32nd over of England’s innings, his tu-tu, main-main with former Indian captain Virat Kohli only instigated him. Before this controversy, Bairstow had scored 13 runs in 60 balls. But, after this, Bairstow’s style of play changed completely and he started hitting shots and completed his half-century by scoring 37 runs in the next 21 balls. That is, after a fight with Kohli, Bairstow scored runs at a strike rate of about 200.
The glorious summer of Jonny Bairstow
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Bairstow scored third consecutive century
Lunch had to be done earlier due to rain. At that time Bairstow’s score was 91 runs in 112 balls. Bairstow quickly completed the 11th century of his Test career in the second session after lunch. During this he hit 14 fours and 2 sixes. Bairstow has been running in excellent form this year. Against India, he has scored his fifth century of the year. Earlier, he had scored a century in the Sydney Test of the Ashes series against Australia. After this, he scored a century against West Indies in Antigua and then scored 2 centuries against New Zealand. Bairstow is the highest run-scorer in Tests this year. He has scored more than 850 runs in 8 Tests so far this year.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 03, 2022, 19:21 IST