It has been some year for Jonny Bairstow in one-day cricket. A year ago, the Test wicketkeeper was a regular 12th-man in the one-day international side and forced to play a bit-part role as England‘s white-ball form improved.
After breaking into the side in the Champions Trophy last summer however, he has made the opening spot his own with a remarkable run of form. Sunday’s shock defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh will mean his own personal feats are somewhat overlooked, but he was once again in scintillating form at the top of the order as he hit a 54-ball century to mark his third ODI ton on the bounce.
It is the first time an English batsman has achieved the feat – only Kumar Sangakkara has more with four – and it was his fifth ton in his last 16 innings. Although he was unable to go on to play a match-winning knock in Edinburgh, Bairstow is pleased with how he has cemented his spot.
Jonny Bairstow becomes 9th batsman, fourth opener and first ever from England to score 3 consecutive centuries in ODIs. Previous eight: Babar, Sangakkara, R Taylor, De Kock, De Villiers, Gibbs, Anwar, Z Abbas. #SCOvENG— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 10, 2018
“To score three on the bounce is really pleasing considering 12 months ago people were questioning whether I should be playing or be opening the batting or be in the middle order,” he said.
“Twelve months down the line, to score five hundreds and three on the bounce, I am pleased with where I have gone.”
Having lost to Scotland for the first time in their history, England must now turn their attentions to Australia, who they face at the Oval on Wednesday in the first of a five-match series.
Captain Eoin Morgan said that the defeat will act as perfect preparation for the series, and Bairstow agreed that it will be a completely different challenge to face an Australia side going through an uncertain period following the suspension of two key players and a change in leadership.
He said: “It’s a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing. It’s a team that has a lot of new guys in, without (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins, (David) Warner, (Steven) Smith, so there are guys wanting to compete for places and we know just how dangerous that can be when people are pushing for a permanent place.”
Morgan’s side went into the one-off one-day international as the number one-ranked ODI side in the world, but suffered a shock defeat for the first time in their history to Scotland.
For Scotland, it was a famous win and the greatest in their history having only recently failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in controversial circumstances and it served as a reminder for Morgan’s side, who are considered favourites for the tournament next year.
However the left-hander denied it was a reality check, but admitted they deserved to lose.
“I don’t think it is,” he said. “We have probably won games recently we didn’t deserve to win and lost games we might have thought we were in the hunt to win.
“I thought the way we played today we didn’t deserve to win it, we might have scraped past and won but there are still quite a few mistakes made that we need to rectify.”
He added: “It’s huge for Scotland.
“I’m not hugely disappointed, it was a good competitive game which was all we could have asked for.
“We didn’t do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus given the position we got ourselves in.”
England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the perfect warm-up for his players.
He said: “On the positive side we are better for the run we have had, it is better than having two days of training leading into a big series against Australia, so there are mistakes we made and hopefully we can learn from them.”
Scotland clinched a famous six-run win over England in a high-scoring ODI in the Edinburgh on Sunday.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Scotland openers Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross gave the hosts a solid start with a 103-run stand for the first wicket. Calum MacLeod slammed a 70-ball century as Scotland reached 371-5, their highest-ever total in ODI cricket.
In reply England made a strong openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy putting together a 129-run stand within 13 overs. Bairstow smashed a whirlwind century before his team lost the way in the middle overs.
Mark Watt picked up 3-55 while Safyaan Sharif picked up the final wicket to stun world No1 England who were bowled out for 365.
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