Bairstow, the beast

?Jonny Bairstow has found the perfect recipe for success in International cricket.

Bazzball personified

It all started with an Ashes century which many thought would be just a one off but it was the beginning of Bairstow’s riposte in test cricket.

England already has Joe Root filling on all cylinders. If Jonny can also continue to bat with the same intensity and consistency, England will certainly ask a lot of questions to their opponents.

Bairstow had a brilliant series against New Zealand in which he almost single-handedly took them to victory, making 394 runs in the three tests against New Zealand in the series and taking the team to victory on several crucial occasions.

In fact, the next best strike rate in the series among batters with a minimum 100 runs was 82.55 by Ben Stokes, which tells the quality of tons he struck. Bairstow hit two centuries and one half century in the series and carried the new philosophy of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum known as Bazzball on his shoulders.

Records tumble

He then carried on his good form in the one-off test match against India as well, striking twin centuries and playing a major role in the team’s victory. This took his century count to 6 in 2022 which is the joint highest by an England player in a calendar year alongside Dennis Compton, Michael Vaughan and Joe Root.

He also became only the fourth player for England to score consecutive centuries in 5 matches. After his match-winning 136 in the second test match against New Zealand and 162 and 71 not out in the third test match against the Kiwis at Headingley, he gave India the test of the same medicine with scores of 106 and 114 not out in Edgbaston to help the hosts chase down the 378 run target which is the highest ever for England in the history of test cricket.

Pulling off a miracle

It was courtesy of Jonny Bairstow that the home side pulled off a miracle against an Indian bowling line up which looked bruised and battered by the end.

What was sensational was the way the pace of the game changed within a day, and it almost proved like quicksand for India as the more they tried to keep things under control, the more they slipped away from their grasp..

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