England batsman Jonny Bairstow comforted and patted Jamie Overton after the latter was dismissed three minutes from a first Test hundred during day three of Headingley’s Test against New Zealand on Saturday (25 June).
On 97, Overton nodded Kiwi sailor Trent Boult on the left arm and was caught slipping. The debutant had joined Bairstow with England in all sorts of trouble at 55 to 6 in response to New Zealand’s first innings with 329 overall.
Overton faced 136 balls during his excellent knock, hitting 13 fours and two sixes. He was involved in a massive seventh-wicket stand of 241 with Bairstow.
After Overton’s heartbreaking dismissal, Bairstow walked up to him and put a hand on his shoulder. After sharing a few words of encouragement, he patted him on the back and acknowledged his contribution to the fantastic partnership.
The official England Cricket title shared video of Bairstow comforting Overton as he returned to the pavilion. The clip was shared with the caption:
“Keep your head up Jamie. A sensational inning and a record-breaking partnership when we needed it most. These three runs don’t change that. #ENGvNZ.”
The partnership of Bairstow and Overton is now the highest seventh wicket record by an English pair in Tests, beating a 62-year-old record – 197 set by Mike Smith and Jim Parks against the West Indies in 1960.
“Go and beat the game” – Jonny Bairstow on coach Brendon McCullum’s mantra
When Bairstow went outside to bat on Friday, England were in shambles at 17-3, which soon became 21-4 when Joe Root died for 5 against Tim Southee. However, Bairstow, fresh from his antics at Trent Bridge, showed tremendous confidence in cracking his second straight ton.
After the end of Day 2 in Leeds, the aggressive batsman reassured England were confident of fighting back. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
“‘Want another Trent Bridge?’ was the first thing we said. That was it, “Okay, let’s move on. Sometimes it’s a simple game that we complicate. That’s all we try to do: remove that complicated nature from allowing people.” , to step out and express themselves in a way that brings out the best in them as individuals and also as personalities.”
The 32-year-old attacked the armchair critics, adding:
“Sometimes there is a lot of rubbish talked about a lot of different things. Sometimes it pops into your mind and confuses it; sometimes you just have to flip through it. You have to listen to the people you care about, and right now I am. The most important thing is that I am me. All Brendon (McCullum) literally said was, ‘Go beat the game’.”
The right-handed hitter was sacked for a brilliant 162 of 157 balls on Saturday, a knock with 24 fours. He was ninth man in innings with England’s total of 351. Their innings ended with 360 after 67 overs.
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