Part time leggie Steven Smith got the ball to bite on Day 1 itself to take three key wickets to help Australia reduce England to 289 for 7. Smith got the important wickets of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England slipped away from an otherwise solid position of 271 for 4 after Tea.
England’s Jonny Bairstow was out in a rather bizarre manner on the third day of the Mumbai Test. He tried to hit left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha against the spin, but the bat took the leading edge and popped up in Gautam Gambhir’s direction...
For any young cricketer, a visit to the subcontinent is among the biggest tests of his career. This applies very aptly to Eoin Morgan as well as Jonny Bairstow, both of whom batted exceptionally well in the practice game against Mumbai A and rescued their side from trouble.
England’s Jonny Bairstow surprised many with his painstaking 95 at Lord’s. Coming in as a replacement for the sacked Kevin Pietersen, Bairstow was expected to be the weak link in the English batting line-up, along with James Taylor.
The Lord’s Test is nicely poised with South Africa ending Day 3 with an overall lead of 139 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Hashim Amla is providing the edge to the visitors with a neat knock of 57* (from 98 balls with 8 fours). Giving him the company is night watchman Dale Steyn, who has been hit on the knuckles by a nasty lifter in his 9-ball stay.
A fighting stand of 124 between Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow rescued England in the Lord’s Test. By the close of play on Day 2, England are decently placed at 208 for 5 in 72 overs in reply to the visitors’ total of 309. Jonny Bairstow is still batting with a career best knock of 72*.