The England star batsman, Jonny Bairstow, who is also the highest run scorer in Test cricket this year so far, today, whilst his innings of 87* eclipsed another record as the batsman became only the third cricketer in the history of Test cricket to cross the fifty run mark ten or more times in a year while batting at number 5 or lower position. He achieved this mark today in the third Test match against India at Mohali.
England was stuck in a difficult position before his arrival on the crease. They were four own on a mere score 87 but then Bairstow along with all-rounder Ben Stokes steered the team to take them on a total of 144 before Ben Stokes was stumped. This did not have any effect on Bairstow as he continued his dominant batting and went on to stitch another partnership Jos Butler to pull England out of a pit as now they are on a comfortable score of 230/6 and are looking to cross the 300-run mark.
It can be said that this miraculous innings from Bairstow has made the difference in the end. Had he not ben there on the crease, England team would have found it difficult to touch the 200 run mark.
Other than Bairstow, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Angelo Mathews are two other batsmen who own this record. It was in the year 2002 when Chanderpaul became the first batsman to do so whereas Mathews joined the list in the year 2014.
Currently, Bairstow has a total of 1332* runs to his name and he has a chance to break Mohammad Yousuf record of 1788 runs in a calendar year.
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