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Jonny Bairstow Shares His Headingley Memories with Booking.com

England cricket superstar, Jonny Bairstow and Booking.com, ICC Cricket World Cup Accommodation and Attractions Booking Partner, are helping travelling cricket fans make the most of their trip to the city that the Yorkshire Wicketkeeper Batsman calls home: Leeds. 

As well as revealing his top spots in Leeds, Bairstow gives an insight into England paceman Jofra Archer’s top attributes: “Jofra’s obviously got great skills and attributes as a fast bowler. At any time, he can produce a yorker, bouncer or slower ball. His technical ability coupled with his pace means he is very hard to bat against. Hopefully he can keep taking wickets to put us in match winning positions. 

With cricket fever sweeping the nation and ahead of the first ICC Cricket World Cup fixture at Headingley, Bairstow went on to reveal both his pre-match superstitions and how one of his Yorkshire teammates is the messiest in the England team: “Pre-match rituals? For me, I put my left shoe on first, left sock on first and left pad on first – not sure why, I just always have and it stuck with me. Now if I do it any other way it feels a bit odd.  

“As for the who’s the messiest in the changing room, for me it’s Adil Rashid!” added Bairstow. 

Bairstow, who is looking forward to playing at his home ground on Friday, said: “My favourite place in the stadium has to be the Western Terrace. A couple of years ago, 16 of my mates all came dressed as me chanting some very random things. I kept getting told off for not concentrating enough in the middle – they were making me laugh!

For fans travelling to watch the cricket in Leeds this summer make sure you don’t miss out some of the best locations Leeds has to offer and check out Jonny’s top destinations in the city to enjoy before and after the match: 

  • Best for post-match celebrations - Manahatta, Headingley
  • Best for Shopping and Restaurants – Victoria Quarter 
  • Best for City Centre events– Millennium Square, which plays host to the official ICC Cricket World Cup Fan Zone on Friday 21st June

For any travelling cricket fans looking for last minute accommodation in Leeds this summer, check out The Chambers on Booking.com – welcoming apartments situated just five minutes from the train station, next to the shopping district and surrounded by bars and restaurants. This unique property is perfect for a fan wishing to have a slightly more upmarket stay in the city. The chambers is just one example of the 5.9 million listings already on Booking.com which include everything from homes and apartments to igloos and even treehouses.

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