England’s great batter, Jonny Bairstow, is known as one of the most prominent batsmen in the history of Test cricket. Notably, the wicketkeeper batsman has the ability to bat anywhere in the batting order, but he has dismantled the opponents when he sets to play during the top-order. In addition, the legendary cricketer has been going through a rich vein of form, having scored too many runs in Test matches. Meanwhile, speaking on the same subject, check out his top three innings in Test cricket.
167* vs Sri Lanka in Lord’s in 2016
English star batter Jonny Bairstow‘s best knock came against Sri Lanka during the third Test match at Lord’s in 2016. Notably, on that day, the right-handed batter hammered unbeaten 167 runs from 251 balls, featuring eighteen boundaries during the play, to post a massive total of 416 runs in the first inning. Later, while chasing, Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 288 runs. Jonny Bairstow was named Player of the Match after the match was tied following the great comeback by the Sri Lankan team.
162 vs New Zealand in Leeds in 2022
The wicketkeeper batsman’s second-best knock came during the third Test match against New Zealand at Leeds in 2022. On that day, New Zealand posted 329 runs after the first inning. Following that, Bairstow showed his class yet again as he hammered 162 runs from just 157 balls, featuring 24 boundaries, to pile up 360 runs. Following that, the Black Caps posted 326 runs in the second inning. The great batter once again stood up for his side as he smashed unbeaten 71 runs from 44 balls to win the third Test match by 7 wickets against the Kiwis.
150* vs South Africa in Cape Town in 2016
One of the greatest Test matches in the history of cricket took place during the second Test between England and South Africa back in 2016 at Cape Town. Notably, on that day, England posted a massive total of 629 runs before declaring their first inning. Star batter Ben Stokes scored 258 runs, and Jonny Bairstow hammered an unbeaten 150 runs to post the massive total. However, while chasing, South Africa also chased down the target, and the match ended in a tie.
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