5th Test: England’s Jonny Bairstow scripts a unique record, surpasses India’s Kapil Dev

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, July 03, 2022, 07:18 PM IST
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England Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century against India | Pic: Twitter

Jonny Bairstow scored a gritty 140-ball 106 to rescue England on Day Three of the reschedule fifth Test against England at Birmingham and in the process made a unique record.

Bairstow shed his cautious behaviour from Saturday for embracing the aggressive avatar associated with him under England's newly-invented BazBall effect on Sunday.

This was Bairstow's third ton in the last three Tests. He scored a match-winning 136 in the second Test against New Zealand and followed it with 162 in the third Test against Kiwis in the recently concluded Test series, which England won 3-0.

The right-handed batsman now has the most career Test runs (5301) without being dismissed run out. He surpassed Kapil Dev (5248).

Earlier, resuming Day 3 at 84/5, Bairstow and Ben Stokes anchored the innings with some fantastic shots. The duo stitched a 50-run partnership and thrashed Indian bowlers at every corner of the ground.

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