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Jonathan Marc Bairstow (or Jonny Bairstow) could have chosen Rugby or Football for a professional career, but chose to become a cricketer. Bairstow hails from a rich cricketing background, with his father, David Bairstow being a wicket-keeper himself and former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott being a family friend of the Bairstows.

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Born on September 26 1989 in Bradford, Bairstow first played County cricket for Yorkshire before making his international debut in 2011 in a T20 game against West Indies. He broke into the One Day side in the same year and a year later, made his Test debut.

The year 2016 could be named as the year of Bairstow. In 2016, Bairstow set a new record for the most dismissals (70) by a wicket-keeper in a calendar year. In the same year, Bairstow also set a record for most runs in Test matches by a wicket-keeper in a single year. By scoring 1,470 runs in Tests in the year, Bairstow almost doubled the previous record of 777 for England wicket-keepers set by Matt Prior in 2012, and comprehensively surpassed the former record for any Test country of 1,045 runs, held by former Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Andy Flower. He is the first England cricketer to score three consecutive one-day international hundreds. He also became the first England wicket-keeper to claim nine dismissals in a Test match twice, against South Africa and Sri Lanka, both of which came in 2016. Stokes and Bairstow put together a world record 399 runs for the sixth wicket in 2016 and where Bairstow made a 150.

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As he is from Yorkshire, he was nicknamed Yorkshire Jonny Bairstow aka YJB.

In recent years, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have formed a formidable opening pair for England in the limited overs form. Bairstow was also influential in England winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Age 29
Marital Status Unmarried
Residence Yorkshire, England.
Nationality English
Major Teams represented England national team, Yorkshire, Sunrisers Hyderabad