The Ashes: Jonny Bairstow had to ‘dig deep’ for hundred as Sir Alastair Cook lauds ‘spectacular’ knock | Cricket News


Jonny Bairstow marked his 7th century trial on the third day in Sydney

Jonny Bairstow admitted he had to “dig deep” during a tough couple of years in Test cricket after scoring a superb century as England showed fight in the fourth Ashes Test.

Tourists quickly slipped to 36-4 on the third day in Sydney, but Bairstow put up a 128 with Ben Stokes and later shared a stand of 72 with Mark Wood before completing his seventh hundred test in the last over of the day while England finished 258 -7, still 158 points behind.

Having found himself on and off the team for the past several years and being deflected up and down in batting order, Bairstow has proven he still has what it takes to succeed in Test cricket after working hard to reach this stage.

“Incredible [feeling to reach a century], absolutely amazing, “he said BT Sport. “I was ecstatic, extremely proud and there was a lot of hard work in that.

“It was tough, you have to dig deep. I’m sure you guys and everyone else have mentioned the programming and how much the red ball cricketers are playing leading to huge series like this – and it’s not just this series, it’s the India series and India series before that when we were over there. “

Bairstow has struggled in test cricket for the past few years but was in excellent shape at the SCG

Bairstow has struggled in test cricket for the past few years but was in excellent shape at the SCG

After years of tweaking his technique, Bairstow explained that prior to his innings at Sydney Cricket Ground, he had tried to revert to his old approach in some areas to feel more natural in the crease.

“You have to dig very, very deep into the things that you have been working hard on for a number of years,” he said.

“Your technique changes over the course of those years and you have to choose parts of it and sometimes go back to the pieces you looked at a couple of years ago – and that’s exactly what I did this morning with James Foster. We just walked into the indoor school. and I had some fun this morning, just went back to something years ago.

“I tried not to be too stiff. You can look a lot at the technique and some things work but other times you also have to be natural in the way you move otherwise you get a little clumsy and a little too stiff.

“I’m sure they’ll think about returning the gloves to him. His grip has definitely improved over the years and I think he feels more like an all-rounder when he has them.”

Moeen Ali, speaking to BT Sport, on Jonny Bairstow

“That’s where I felt I had to go, I was trying to be something that, potentially, I am not. One of my strengths is putting bowlers under pressure and running around wickets, trying to get them out of their lengths and give me a different ball.

“But that also comes with the passage of time in between consistently.”

‘A truly spectacular one hundred test’

Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook believes the hundred may have been Bairstow’s best innings in international red ball cricket.

“It was probably his best test shot in terms of skill, application and courage,” Cook said BT Sport.

“He’s such a nice guy and in the last couple of years he’s had a tough time in test cricket. On and off the team, losing gloves, beating at # 3, # 5, # 7.”

Ben Stokes put up 128 with Bairstow for fifth wicket and both faced outfield Nathan Lyon

Ben Stokes put up 128 with Bairstow for fifth wicket and both faced outfield Nathan Lyon

Cook also stated that Bairstow has the attributes which mean England should look to build around him when he begins his inevitable red ball rebuild at the end of this Ashes series.

“This will do Jonny a lot of good as he will have doubted himself in this period of time,” Cook added. “I hope it has shown him that he can play Test Cricket again and that he has fueled the fire and started the rebuilding of English cricket in terms of the necessary struggle and spirit.

“He is the kind of player you want to build a team on in terms of determination, courage and struggle, which has been lacking in this series.

“The way he played in Lyon, sweeping, sweeping with the paddle, hitting him for a couple of big sixes. That intent teamed up with clarity of thought and sticking to a game plan knocked out the stuffing from Australia . It was a truly spectacular Test Cent. “

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, also speaking on BT Sport, says that Bairstow is a better hitter when he plays on instinct and thinks he is fit to enter the lower-middle tier for England in the longer format.

“He’s a brilliant player, in my opinion,” he said. “Bairstow doesn’t panic. He can be brutal but he also has a lot of finesse in his game.

Bairstow is best suited to enter at no.  6 or 7 in the cricket test, says Moeen Ali

Bairstow is best suited to enter at no. 6 or 7 in the cricket test, says Moeen Ali

“He took his time to get in, but then he quickly scored, going through the gears and almost went into mode one day by standing leg side and playing a few shots before going back into his shell later and playing di new normally.This is what the best hitters do and he definitely has the ability to be one of the best players on our team.

“I think he went back to his old technique, being a little shorter with the backlift and he played instinctively. He’s better off when he does. He made Lyon look pretty mediocre. He played with Lyon, who didn’t seem to pull him. out of the whole.

“I think the number 6 or 7 is a really good number for him. He can be dangerous if we played really well at the top and he also has the technique if we are in trouble.”

The “sore” thumb is not enough to force Bairstow to break away

A painful thumb strike at Pat Cummins bowling threatened to end Bairstow’s innings at 60 and as the Yorkshireman admitted he is still in pain, he had no plans to leave the pitch and was rewarded with his memorable moment of the century. at the end of the day.

“Slightly sore. It’s starting to get a little bit thicker now that we’re off the pitch,” he said of this right thumb.

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“I was sick but you are playing in a New Years test match in Sydney, on Pink Day, it will take a lot to get you off the pitch, let’s put it this way. day, you still have work to do.

“Yes, it is in pain and it will be sore, but you are playing cricket for England and I am very, very proud to do so.

“We have two days to demolish and scrap hard. Here’s how we see it.

“This morning we had a challenge to still be batting at the end of the day, we’re still batting at the end of the day. The first thing was trying to get to the sequel, we got to that and we got over it, and let’s see how we can get to them. “

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