Jonny Bairstow continued his fine run against New Zealand by scoring the second-fastest Test fifty. He reached the feat in just 30 balls.
Bairstow ended with a score of 71 (Courtesy: AP)
- Bairstow scored the fifty in just 30 balls
- Ian Botham holds the record for the fastest fifty
- Bairstow ended the series against New Zealand with 394 runs.
England batter Jonny Bairstow’s dream continued as he scored the second-fastest fifty in Test cricket history as he powered England to a win over New Zealand in the Headingley Test. He reached the feat in 30 balls.
Bairstow came on to bat in the first over of the day as Tim Southee dismissed Ollie Pope for 82 with just two runs added to the overnight score of 183. The right-handed batter didn’t take much time to stamp his authority on the Kiwis’ bowling as he hit Boult for a boundary to get off the mark and followed it up with another one.
The 32-year-old continued with the carnage and reached his fifty with a boundary off Southee. England legend Ian Botham currently holds the record for his innings against India in Delhi in 1981. Botham scored his fifty in just 28 balls on that day.
Bairstow’s carnage didn’t stop as he quickly helped England chase down the target and finished off the game with a boundary and six off Michael Bracewell. The 32-year-old remained unbeaten on 71 from 44 balls.
England started the day needing 113 runs to win and the 32-year-old’s blitzkrieg innings ensured that they completed the whitewash of the World Test Champions in just 15.2 overs.
It has been an incredible few weeks for Bairstow. The England batter scored an impressive 92-ball 136 in the second innings of the second test as the hosts scripted an incredible win with a fine run chase.
However, his hundred in the first innings of the third test was more special as England were in real trouble with the score at 55 for six. Bairstow, along with debutant Jamie Overton, stitched together a 241-run partnership to save the hosts. The 32-year-old scored 162 runs in 157 balls.
The right-handed batter ends the series with 394 runs to his name and an impressive average of 78.8. His strike-rate for the three games was 120.12.