Jonny Bairstow became the first batsman for England to score a century in this Ashes (Video)

SydneyJonny Bairstow’s daring century and Ben Stokes’ half-century helped England bounce back from a poor start on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test on Friday. Bairstow is the first England batsman to score his first century in seven innings. At one point, England’s score was 36 for four but Bairstow and Stokes took it to 258 for seven. Apart from this, he also became the first England batsman to score a century in this Ashes 2021-22 and in the year 2022.

Bairstow, who was seen moaning in pain after being hit on the thumb by Pat Cummins, not only suffered the pain but also did not get distracted by the fall of wickets from the other end. He completed his century in 138 balls with the help of 12 fours and three sixes.

He celebrated his seventh Test century with both arms open and running towards the England dressing room.
At the end of the third day’s play, Bairstow was playing on 103 and Jack Leach scored four runs. England are still 158 runs behind Australia.

Earlier, Ben Stokes scored 66 runs in 91 balls with the help of nine fours and one six. He took England out of trouble by sharing a 128-run partnership with Bairstow. Nathan Lyon broke the partnership by dismissing Stokes leg before.

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Stokes was given life twice when Pat Cummins missed a catch on his own ball and then managed to review the on-field umpire’s decision leg before.

When Stokes was on nine, Cummins dropped his return catch. Had he been out, England would have had five wickets for less than 50 runs. He was then given out leg before by Cameron Green but he immediately took a review and was successful.

Ben Stokes

Jos Buttler could not open the account for the second time in a row and was caught by Usman Khawaja at cover off Cummins. Bairstow and Mark Wood (39 runs) then shared a 72-run partnership. Wood is caught by Cummins at the hands of Lyon.

Earlier, in front of Australia’s fast attack, once again England’s weak batting was exposed and by lunch, they had lost four wickets for just 36 runs.

England continued to lose wickets while playing their yesterday’s score by 13 runs for no loss. The game started 90 minutes late due to rain and Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland broke the back of England’s innings. Just before lunch, David Malan was caught by Cameron Green in the slips by Usman Khawaja.

Earlier, when Haseeb Hameed was on two runs, wicketkeeper Alex Curry gave life to Mitchell Starc in the second over. However, Hameed could not take advantage of it and Starc sent him to the pavilion in the next over itself.

Jacques Crowley (18) was dismissed by Boland and in the next over, England captain Joe Root was caught at slip. Boland, who took six for seven in the third Test in Melbourne, went without conceding any runs in four overs. Took two wickets.

Despite the rain, the Sydney Cricket Ground was painted pink on Friday. The third day of the Sydney Test is ‘pink’ for former pacer Glenn McGrath’s charity foundation. This tradition is going on since last 14 years.(AP)

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