Jonny Bairstow is generating all kinds of headlines for the brilliant year he is having as an integral member of the England Test team with his stellar performances with the bat.
While the Englishmen have played the most number of Tests in 2016, an astonishing 15 so far, Bairstow has bettered the likes of Joe Root and Alastair Cook to have scored the most number of runs this year.
At this stage, he sits at the top for the highest run-scorers in Test cricket with 1355 runs at an average of 64.52, bettered only by South Africa’s Quinton De Kock who has an average of 65.44. The England batsman has notched up 3 centuries and 7 half-centuries batting in England’s middle-order with his best reading 167.
While Bairstow has let his bat do the talking, his work behind the stumps has been incredible as well. Until this point, while there was an acknowledgment that he was doing a decent job behind the stumps, he has now started making headlines for the same. After the second innings during the 3rd Test at Mohali, Bairstow broke the all-time record for most dismissals in a calendar year with 68.
At the beginning of the second innings, he was 2 behind the all-time record of 67 dismissals and afterwards he pocketed an edge from Umesh Yadav off Ben Stokes, to stand alone at the top.
After 15 Test matches this year, he has 68 dismissals, that include 65 catches and 3 stumpings.
What makes 2016 even more special for him is the fact that he has taken more than double the number of dismissals compared to the next best keeper, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed, who has 31.
Bairstow also broke the all-time record held by another South African keeper, Mark Boucher, and Australian Ian Healy, both of them having 67 in 1998 and 1993 respectively.
With two more Tests to go in this on-going series, we can expect better numbers from him.
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