Fastest ever Test century for England: The English batter has registered the second-fastest Test century for an England cricketer.
During the fifth day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England in Nottingham, England batter Jonny Bairstow has brought up a whirlwind century to keep his team’s hopes alive for sealing the highest run-chase at this venue.
Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 16th over after the substantial loss of former captain Joe Root (3), Bairstow never looked in the mood of playing a defensive innings in a bid to secure a dull draw.
Playing in front of a sellout Trent Bridge crowd, Bairstow took the opportunity of entertaining one and all including millions watching from across the world.
Bairstow, who played a lovely drive off New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult to score his first boundary in the 18th over, scored another one off Tim Southee in the 23rd over. Having received an apt and able company in captain Ben Stokes, the pair hit quite a few boundaries before the tea break.
As a result, needing 160 runs off 38 overs in the evening session. Bairstow, who kick-started the third session by hitting consecutive boundaries off Matt Henry, hit as many as three fours and five sixes in no time to instantly enter white-ball mode leaving the visitors clueless.
The carnage since tea, in scorecard form… pic.twitter.com/qoihKxS5yh
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) June 14, 2022
Brendon McCullum fastest Test century
It is worth mentioning that former New Zealand captain and current England head coach Brendon McCullum holds the record for scoring the fastest Test century.
It was in his last Test match that McCullum had registered a 54-ball Test century eventually scoring 145 (79) with the help of 21 fours and six sixes at a strike rate of 183.54 against Australia in Christchurch six years ago.
Fastest ever Test century for England
It was on the third delivery of the 42nd over when Bairstow ran three tuns off Southee to bring up his ninth Test century. In what is Bairstow’s third Test century at home and in 2022, it is his second against New Zealand and first at No. 5 and at this venue.
|76||Gilbert Jessop||Australia||The Oval||1902|
|77||Jonny Bairstow||New Zealand||Trent Bridge||2022|
|85||Ben Stokes||New Zealand||Lord’s||2015|
|86||Ian Botham||Australia||Old Trafford||1981|