Cricket World Player of the Week - Jonny Bairstow
The colour of Jonny Bairstow's purple patch just got deeper as he struck twin centuries in the rescheduled Test match against India.
Jonny Bairstow has now smashed six centuries in 2022 which is the joint-highest for an England player in a calendar year in Test cricket and we are only entering July.
He has equaled Denis Compton, Michael Vaughan and Joe Root who have also hit six tons each in a calendar year in Test cricket.
Bairstow become only the fourth English player to score four centuries in five innings after he made 136 against New Zealand, 162 and 71 not out at Headingley and then went on to smash 106 and 114 not out in the Edgbaston Test against India as England cantered to record 378-run target, the highest-ever for England in the history of Test cricket.
Jonny Bairstow had an unbeaten 269-run stand with Yorkshire mate Joe Root. This became the highest fourth-wicket partnership in the fourth innings of a Test match. The partnership is also the second-highest for any wicket in the fourth innings for England. The record is held by Paul Gibb and Bill Edrich who stitched together 280 against South Africa back in 1939.
This is also the highest partnership in the fourth innings against India. The previous best was 260 between Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis in Kandy in 1985.
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