Jonny Bairstow celebrates hundred at SCG. Photo- EPA
Jonny Bairstow celebrates hundred at SCG. Photo- EPA

Star England National Cricket Team explosive batter Jonny Bairstow smashed a remarkable century in the second Test match of the three-match Test series against the New Zealand National Cricket Team at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday, June 14.

While chasing the target in the 4th innings of the Test match on the final day, Jonny Bairstow reached his century off 77 balls to score the second-fastest hundred by an English player in Test cricket.

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Bairstow went past Ben Stokes’ record of 85-ball century, which he smashed in 2015 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground against New Zealand. Also, Bairstow’s 77-ball ton is the second-fastest fourth-innings hundred in Test cricket.

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Meanwhile, the record for the fastest Test century for England and the fastest fourth-innings hundred in Test cricket is held by Gilbert Jessop, who smashed his century off 76 balls against Australia in 1902 at The Oval.

Jonny Bairstow was able to score 136 runs off 92 balls including 14 impressive fours and 7 amazing sixes and he batted with a strike rate of 147.83. He was cleaned up by Kiwi pacer Trent Boult in the 46th over of the innings.

However, his century was enough for England to complete the 299-run chase in an unbelievable fashion. With the 5-wicket win, England also won the 3-match series as they had won the Lord’s Test with the help of Joe Root’s sensational innings.

We saw it as a one-day game – Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. Image: Twitter

Jonny Bairstow was awarded Player of the Match for his remarkable knock and speaking after the match he said:

“It was just great fun to be out there. Just one of those things, when you get in that kind of mood, you just got to go with it. Ben at the other end said don’t even think about it. That’s how it went. We know the power we’ve got in the middle order. Today was our day, and what a day it’s been. Thanks so much for coming.”

Jonny Bairstow added that they were looking at the final day of the Test as a One Day International game. He said:

“We saw it as a one-day game. The pitch was very good, the outfield was very fast. The brand of cricket we’re looking to play, days like this are very exciting. If this is happening now, let’s see what will happen in the next few months. It’s going to be a journey.”

Jonny Bairstow also said that the knock of 136 runs at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham was his No.1 knock in Test cricket. He asserted:

“On wickets like this, guys trucking in – all the bowlers. The way in which Joe and Pope played in the first innings. It’s no. 1 (where does this knock rate for him). There’s been chatter around English cricket in recent months, some of it’s been harsh. Sky is the limit.”

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty

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