Jonny Bairstow (England Vs New Zealand, Chester-Le-Street)

Bairstow went belligerent in his series clinching knock at Cheater-Le-Street against the Kiwis. Image Credits: Espncricinfo

The English home series against World Cup runner up New Zealand proved to be one of the most exciting ODI series of the year. The traditional swing and bounce on English tracks seemed to vanish, with the batsmen coming to the party regularly in these high-octane, high -scoring thrillers. With the series levelled at 2-2, going into the decider, England had lost their explosive wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler to injury and the Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow was called up.

Chasing a moderate but tricky total of 196 of 26 overs(under D/L method), England were left reeling at 45/5, when Jonny Bairstow was joined by youngster Sam Billings. Counterattacking brilliantly Bairstow put the Kiwi bowlers to the sword in breathtaking effort of 83 from just 60 deliveries, sealing the victory for England. The series is remembered for its extraordinary batting performances by Kane Williamson and Joe Root, but it was the skill of Jonny Bairstow that mattered at the end for England.


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