They say form is temporary but class is permanent… and right now Jonny Bairstow is showing bucketloads of both.
England thrashed the highest score in the history of men’s ODI cricket to set up the most crushing defeat – in terms of runs – ever inflicted upon Australia.
Bairstow shared an opening stand of 159 with Jason Roy (82 off 61 balls) and 151 with Alex Hales (147 off 92), before he lost his wicket for 139 off 92 balls (15 fours, five sixes, S/R 151.08)
Bairstow’s form has been Bradmanesque, racking up his fourth ODI century in six innings – as well as his sixth in his last 19 innings since he came back into the England squad. His ODI batting average is currently 65.76, which is the fastest of any opener with more than 10 innings under their belt, along with a strike-rate of 114.19.
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