Jonny Bairstow continued his stellar run in Test cricket as the England batsman scored his fifth Test century in 2022 on the third day of the Edgbaston Test against India on Sunday.
Jonny Bairstow continues ‘phenomenal’ form with another Test century vs India (Reuters Photo)
- Jonny Bairstow scored his 11th Test century on Sunday
- Bairstow is the only obstacle between India and the huge first innings lead
- Bairstow went after Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraji
England batsman Jonny Bairstow’s dream continued as he scored another Test century to lead England’s fight on the third day of the Edgbaston Test against India on Sunday. This is Bairstow’s 11th Test century and fifth in the longest format of the game in 2022.
Notably, Bairstow is the second player to score five or more centuries in a calendar year while batting on five or fewer, after Michael Clarke, who scored five centuries in 2012. Bairstow is also the 15th England player to score a century in three consecutive Test matches.
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Bairstow in last three Tests
8 and 136 vs New Zealand Trent Bridge
162 and 71* vs New Zealand Headingley
100* vs India Edgbaston
Earlier, Kohli was involved in a heated argument with England batsman Jonny Bairstow in the first few overs of the third day’s action at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Bairstow, however, shrugged off the initial distraction and attacked the Indian bowlers. He went after Mohammed Shami and Mohammad Siraj to score 50 runs in just 81 balls.
Bairstow came to bat after Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Ollie Pope for 10 as England were 44 for 3 on day one. The right-handed batsman took his time to settle it and then he took control of the Indian bowling, hitting Shami. For a boundary after a heated exchange of words with Kohli. Bairstow was batting on 12 while skipper Ben Stokes was yet to open his account, with England recovering from Bumrah’s opening strike at the stumps on the first day.
Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with more than 850 runs – including five hundred – in 2022 at an average of 71, and scored 394 runs from 328 balls against New Zealand, including 77 at Trent Bridge and 95 balls. Includes centuries. Headingley respectively. His strike rate (120.12) against New Zealand was the second-highest by a batsman to score more than 300 runs in a series in Test history.
India lead 2-1 in the series, which could not be completed after COVID-19 cases in the India camp before the final match at Old Trafford last year.