Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow, England batter believes that he is trying to keep things simple with his raw, unabashed style of batting. He is arguably in the form of his life following an exceptional home series against New Zealand, where he tallied 394 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 120.12.

The wicket-keeper batter was barely holding on to his place in the Test playing XI after poor returns in the previous calendar year. However, he now feels right in the zone playing an aggressive brand of cricket under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum
Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum (Credits: Twitter)

Jony Bairstow Admits He Took Complexities Out Of Batting After Being Recalled for The Ashes Series

Amassing only a solitary fifty across 10 Tests in 2021, Jonny Bairstow soon turned a corner. Recalled into the side to don the gloves in the latter part of the Ashes, the 32-year-old scored a career-defining hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Opining that cricket is often over-complicated by players, Bairstow told Nasser Hussain in an interview: “This is a simple game that is complicated by those of us who play it. I’m trying to remain as clear as possible and have no doubts about my ability or the way I’m going about my batting.”

Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow continued: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster but since coming in for the third Test of the Ashes at the MCG up until now, it’s been great fun. I’m just trying to take the complexities out of batting and keeping it as simple as possible.”

The Yorkshire batter took his form from the Ashes to the Caribbean tour, where he scored a patient 140 in the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Despite a poor start to the series against New Zealand, he found his rhythm and scored two centuries in England’s 3-0 rout.

Jonny Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with 774 runs – including four hundred – at an average of 64.50 in 2022, and scored 394 runs off 328 balls this month, including 77 and 95-ball centuries at Trent Bridge and Headingley respectively. His strike rate against New Zealand (120.12) was the second-highest in Test history by a batter scoring more than 300 runs in a series.

Jonny Bairstow Really Hope The Way England Are Playing Recently Is Grabbing People’s Attention

The intrigue was high when new-look England was pitted against the reigning World Test Championship (WTC) holders. The Ben Stokes-led side mixed caution with aggression in their win at Lord’s, while they went all out for the remainder of the series to execute a whitewash.

Hoping to inspire the next generation with their ruthlessness, the wicket-keeper batter said: “We were inspired to play cricket as kids and we want to inspire the next generation to come and watch the game and play it.”

Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

He concluded: “Yes, there have been some amazing times but I think the way we are going about our cricket is really exciting. I really do hope it’s grabbing people’s attention. That’s exactly what we want to be doing,”

Jonny Bairstow will be next seen in action against India after being named in England’s playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test which was postponed due to Covid-19 cases last year. The teams will take to the field at Edgbaston, Birmingham to settle the series, which is currently poised at 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

James Anderson picked the wickets of openers Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara as India managed to score 46/2 in the 1st innings so far after England opted to bowl.