Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. Image: Twitter

As Jonny Bairstow and Jamie Overton stabilised the English innings on Day 2 of the third Test against New Zealand, England star Bairstow smashed another century. At 55/5, the Ben Stokes-led team was in trouble after losing the vital wickets of Joe Root, who was in fine form, and captain Stokes (18). However, Bairstow came in with the intention of counter-attacking and pounded the Kiwi bowlers all over the field on his way to a century, blasting 21 boundaries.

At the conclusion of the day, Overton had scored 89 off 106 balls while Bairstow had achieved 130 off just 126 deliveries.

Jamie Overton Jonny Bairstow
Jamie Overton Jonny Bairstow PC- Twitter

I Am Pleased With The Way I Am Hitting The Ball: Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow spoke in-depth about the innings and his dismal red-ball record going into the series after the day’s games. Before his infamous century in the second Test against New Zealand, Bairstow had gone eight innings without scoring more than 30 runs since his century in the first innings of the first Test against the West Indies (in March).

“There is sometimes a lot of rubbish that is spoken about a lot of different things and sometimes it gets into your mind and clutters it and then sometimes you have to just flick it. You have to listen to the people that matter to you more than the rest of the guys and that is the most important bit about it is me being me,” Bairstow said after the game in an interview with Sky Sports.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. Image: Twitter

“The way Brendon has been, he just said you have to impose yourself on the game, that is literally all he said. It is an exciting way and it is the way I have always played my cricket and sometimes to the detriment of myself.

“The way I am striking the ball I couldn’t be more pleased with but I think it is also the more relaxed me at the crease, I am not necessarily as tense or whatever it is. I have gone back to young Jonny when you are just watching and seeing the ball,” he further said.

England still trails NZ by 65 runs.

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