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ENG vs NZ: Twitter Goes Wild As Jonny Bairstow Smashes Consecutive Centuries

Jonny Bairstow Smashes Consecutive Centuries: The Brendon McCullumBen Stokes era is upon us. And Jonny Bairstow’s thunderous centuries in the ongoing series versus New Zealand are the apt personification of it.

Bairstow had smashed one of the memorable hundreds – 136 off 92 balls – in one of the greatest England Test run-chases – 299 in 50 overs – in the second Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, where he notched up his three-figure score on his 77th delivery.

Then in the third Test, at Headingley, Leeds, it was another highly entertaining innings from the local boy Bairstow – raising his century off the 95th delivery he faced. This time, England weren’t looking for a record chase; instead, they were reeling in at a difficult situation out of which Bairstow and debutant seam-bowling all-rounder Jamie Overton pulled them out of and put them ahead of New Zealand’s total of 329.

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England were in dire trouble – looking like themselves prior to this series – at 55/6 when they lost their skipper Ben Stokes to one of those highly awed heaves; it looks great when it comes off, unnecessary when it doesn’t.

Jonny Bairstow is second-highest Test scorer in 2022

From 55/6, Bairstow and Overton absolutely hammered the Kiwi bowlers in an exhibition of a stunning counter-attack from the two right-handers and propelled the side to 351 at the 61-over mark when Bairstow was dismissed. Their partnership yielded 241 runs off 274 balls.

Bairstow went at above a run an over, whacking 24 fours in his sizzling 162-run knock in 157 deliveries; Overton missed his century on debut by just three runs on the morning of Day 3.

Jonny Bairstow has been in a marvellous touch since his return to the Test side last winter in the Ashes in Australia. He registered tons in Sydney, in Antigua and now in Nottingham and Leeds.

Since the start of 2022, the Sydney Test, Bairstow is the second-highest scorer in Tests this year, so far, even more than Joe Root and only behind Usman Khawaja; Bairstow’s strike rate of 72 during this period is unmatchable.

Twitter erupted with joy and awe at Jonny Bairstow’s superlative form and his latest century.

Here are some of the best reactions:

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Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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