Why were ‘Jonny’s eyes’ a clue to England’s impressive win at Trent Bridge? Yorkshire News

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century.  Image: Pennsylvania
England’s Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century. Image: Pennsylvania

With the series on the line heading into the final session of a wildly entertaining second LV= Insurance Test, Bairstow chose his moment to become England’s hero.

With England needing 160 to win 38 overs at tea break, he had a furious run that none of the Kiwi bowlers could live with. When he finished, he was 136 from 92 balls, the second fastest Test Ton by an Englishman and scored seven sixes and 14 fours.

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It was a once-in-a-lifetime blow, but Stokes, his partner in the decisive 179-run position, had a feeling it was coming.

“He had his ‘Jonny eyes,’ and when he puts them on, you know you’re right,” Stokes said.

“It’s something we talk about in the locker room. But playing like she did once she was in her fifties was amazing. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life, him doing what he did in the fourth inning, chasing a grand total with the game balanced.”

When asked if he was aware of the signal of unwanted intent, Bairstow laughed.

Johnny’s eyes? It’s always helpful when you go to bat with your eyes,” she said.

“It’s not the first time it’s been mentioned, but I’ve never seen my own eyes when I’ve been out there like this. It’s obviously a good thing and I’ll take it as a nice compliment.”

Jokes aside, Bairstow is recognized as one of the most passionate players in the England setup and was delighted to have delivered at a key moment for his team-mates.

“I am very proud of the way I did and I am very proud of the fact that on day five we came together as a group and won a test for England. There have been some tough times in recent years and we’ve all been there, so to entertain a full house and play the cricket we’ve played is a great testament to the boys in the dressing room.

“The bravery that they have shown to go out there and play that kind of cricket has been a lot of fun.”

Focusing on the key moments when he and Stokes stepped up and knocked the New Zealanders out of contention, Bairstow added: “When you get in that mood, you have to accept it. The plan they set off with after tea was life and death; so you have to do.

“Ben on the other end said ‘don’t even think about taking one down [into the ground], hit him in the stands.’ That was the catalyst. Today was our day, and what a day it has been.”

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This notice was published: 2022-06-14 20:14:24

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