Jonny Bairstow hit 7 Sixes, 14 Fours to score in second-fastest test against England, setting up a winning streak against New Zealand
Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes destroyed New Zealand’s attack as England won the second test at Trent Bridge with five hits on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead unscathed in a three-game series. England pursued a challenge total of 299 in the final day to a win at Nottingham after knocking out the visitors 284 in their second inning. Bairstow played with typical aggressiveness reaching the century milestone with just 77 tackles. It was the second-fastest strike any British cricketer had ever had after Gilbert Jessop’s 76-ball in 1902. Allowed to strike, he dashed towards the target and won the match five times. Polish.
With Britain needing 160 men in the final session, Bairstow and Ben Stokes Fight with belligerence to take their team towards victory. Their fierce batting began in the second session. At Tea, Bairstow is 43 unbeaten after 48 tackles, while captain Ben Stokes has 25 quick shots without finishing.
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While Bairstow is unlikely to earn a place in the history books, it will be a footnote for the 32-year-old, whose performance will be forever remembered by all who witnessed it. .
A capable crowd at Trent Bridge was treated to a series of remarkably brutal boundaries from Bairstow, who hit 14 innings and seven-six to puzzling New Zealand in his 92-ball master class.
After chasing number 277 to win the First Test at Lord by five curly brackets thanks to Joe Root’s 115 not being disqualified, Bairstow ensured England had a successful chase on the final day.
At tea, all four outcomes are possible, with England needing 160 more runs with six championship runs.
But the sensational Bairstow, aided by captain Ben Stokes, was 75 games unbeaten, beating the Test world champion.
It was the highest end-run chase in the Trent Bridge test, surpassing Britain’s previous record of 284 against New Zealand in 2004.
England have won just one of their 17 games before this series, gaining momentum under new captain Stokes and new manager Brendon McCullum. Their desire for relentless aggressive and belligerent cricket has been accepted by England and they will look to pass the series in the final test at Headingley from 23 June.
The win was made even more eye-catching by New Zealand, inspired by Daryl Mitchell’s 190, which scored 553 in the first half after Stokes chose to score first.
Bairstow fierce attack
It could have been a decisive mass decision for Stokes, but England saved their captain by scoring 539 in their first inning, with Root scoring 176 and Ollie Pope 145.
A second New Zealand game collapse late on Wednesday gave England fresh impetus to chase victory.
They seized the opportunity in stunning style after bowling the Kiwis 284 in the first session of the final day.
With the match seemingly getting underway in the final round, Bairstow took matters into his own hands.
The Yorkshireman hit 50 from 51 balls in a fit style, creating a touchline away from Matt Henry.
Beating Trent Boult for the next six, Bairstow was boosting England as he and Stokes took 42 from the first 16 balls of the evening.
The onslaught continued as Bairstow beat Boult two more in six innings, giving him a full six points from halftime.
He amassed 59 from five passes to put himself on the brink of victory as the crowd cheered in approval.
New Zealanders are shocked that Shell has no answer for Bairstow as he approaches an incredible century.
Stokes was struggling with a knee injury but continued to explode, hitting four more after a visit from the gym.
With the New Zealand bowlers losing, Bairstow maintained his attack on the other end but he missed England’s fastest opportunity of the century after a couple of defensive hits.
Finally, as Bairstow departed to standing ovation after being overtaken by Boult, England were headed for a victory, inspired by his spectacular performance.
With AFP input
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