Jonny Bairstow Lights Up Trent Bridge With Record Century, England Wins The Game

Jonny Bairstow Lights Up Trent Bridge With Record Century, England Wins The Game

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14 Jun 2022
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Jonny Bairstow delivered a scintillating performance that led five-wicket win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge after a blistering attack on the Kiwi bowlers.

Jonny Bairstow reached three figures in just 77 balls, making his century the second fastest in England’s Test history. He was just one ball slower than record holder Gilbert Jessop, who scored a century in just 76 balls as England defeated Australia in the final Test of the 1902 Ashes series.

And nearly 120 years later, Bairstow missed out on surpassing Jessup as he led England to a truly remarkable victory. After scoring 299 for victory on the final day, England set a new record for most successful fourth innings chase at Trent Bridge as they took an unassailable 2–0 lead in the series.

New Zealand In Hesitation After Losing Wickets, England In Chance To Chase

Before play began on the final day, with England vowing to put all their might to win the match, Stuart Broad told the BBC Test Match Special: “We are going to do anything. That’s the mindset in this changing room. Joe Whatever comes our way, we are going to see. I think everyone is in for a fun day at this stadium.”

And they kept their promise, setting a clear marker after opener Alex Lee bowled out England for 284. In the very first over, Lees struck Tim Southee for 12 and went on to run for 30 off just 35 balls.

New Zealand, however, picked up some early wickets, including Jack Crawley for a duck, Ollie Pope for 18 in the first innings and former captain Joe Root for just three runs. When Lees was caught behind for 44, Ben Stokes joined Bairstow at the crease and England still needed 206 runs to win.

The pair added 46 runs from just 52 balls before tea to keep England’s hopes alive, before going on to the charge after Bairstow’s break. Former England spinner Phil Tufnell said of Bairstow’s innings, “Brutal, that’s all I can put it down to.”

“Absolutely brutal. He demolished this New Zealand attack after tea. It’s been amazing. I’ve never seen anything like this.” Overall, Bairstow scored 136 runs in just 92 balls with the help of seven sixes and 14 fours, after a simple catch at the hands of wicketkeeper Tom Blundell ended his innings.

It was an absolutely breathtaking innings from Yorkshireman and one that perfectly embodied the mindset of this new England team which, under Stokes and Brendon McCullum, will always take positive choices and go for the win.

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