Jonny Bairstow after Headingley Test blitz: “Need To Transfer The Momentum”
After his most impressive century against New Zealand, Jonny Bairstow said England was ready to abandon traditional cricket practices.
After his most recent magnificent century against New Zealand ignited a picture-book rally in the third Test on Friday. Jonny Bairstow said England was prepared to abandon the cricket convention. Ben Stokes, the new captain of England, and Brendon McCullum. The red-ball coach and a former captain of New Zealand, have urged their previously struggling team to play freely.
Their strategy paid off as England, who had only won once in their previous 17 attempts at this level, took a 2-0 series lead over the World Test champions.
However, after New Zealand’s first-innings 329 at Headingley, England came plummeting back to earth in dramatic fashion, falling to 55-6.
Nevertheless, Jonny Bairstow followed up his series-winning century in Nottingham the previous week with an incredible 130 runs unbeaten at his home stadium in Yorkshire. He contributed to an astonishing unbroken stand of 209 runs with Test debutant Jamie Overton as England finished the second day on 264-6, just 65 runs behind.
A fantastic performance from a fast bowler in his debut Test innings, Overton was 89 not out at stumps.
McCullum is sure that “Baz ball,” as his strategy has come to be known, involves more than just going all out.
Although Jonny Bairstow told reporters that “We (England) are still in the infancy of it. What I will say is that we are seeking to take the game forward,” it does seem to be about extending the boundaries of possibilities.
When bowlers like Trent Boult and Tim Southee are bowling so well. You can attempt to survive by going into your shell and batting the way people have for years and years and years. But you need to shift the momentum. You must cut them off at the lengths.
Overton is “unbelievable.”
In order to watch Overton attempt what would be an incredible maiden hundred on Saturday. Jonny Bairstow is now hoping to have the finest seat in the house.
“Jamie played incredibly well. Although being 6 feet 5 inches tall probably helps, there was some genuinely exceptional striking and incredible hitting “says he.
“Hopefully, we will be able to see him get his first Test hundred in the morning, which would be absolutely amazing.”
A hundred from Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand was eclipsed by Jonny Bairstow and Overton’s combination, not for the first time this series.
Following his 108 at Lord’s and 190 at Trent Bridge, Mitchell scored 109 on Friday.
The 31-year-old only took the field at Lord’s when Henry Nicholls was unable to due to injury and illness. Still, he made the most of his opportunity to the point where Mitchell is now the only foreign player. Aside from cricket legend and Australia hero Don Bradman in 1930—to score hundreds in each of the first three Tests of a series in England.
But the “competitor at heart” stated that he would like to make $100 on this trip for a winning cause.
He remarked, “It’d be good.” To win Test matches for your nation is the reason you play the sport.
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