Friday 14


Century proved people wrong - Bairstow

23rd November 2018, 17:50 by James Mason

Jonny Bairstow feels he proved a point after making a brilliant century on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka.

Bairstow was ruled out of the first Test after suffering an injury playing football and despite recovering to full fitness in time for the second Test, he was left out due to the impressive performance of wicket-keeper Ben Foakes.

The Yorkshireman was named in England's team for the third Test, which started on Thursday, but he was brought in as a specialist batsman at number three, with the gloves remaining with Foakes.

It was a crucial time for Bairstow to produce the goods, with questions being asked about his place in the team, and the 29-year-old replied in perfect fashion as he scored 110 from 186 balls for his maiden Test ton in Asia.

Speaking about his display on day one which England ended on 312-7, Bairstow told Sky Sports: "There are different things you go through when you get castigated about being injured and doing X, Y and Z.

"People don't actually see what's gone on behind the scenes - the hard work, when you're doing your rehab, when you're sleeping on an ice machine - and yet they have an opinion on it.

"It's all well and good when it's going good and people have an opinion on how well you're playing, but it's the hidden things they don't see. They have an opinion when they're sat at home and don't see the graft that goes on in the heat and humidity.

"I'm proud as punch of myself and everything that I've done over the last few weeks because that injury should probably have kept me out for six-to-eight weeks. I'm back in four weeks and playing in a Test match."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Cricket


Anderson tips England to dominate 2019 World Cup

13th December 2018, 16:30

Bowler James Anderson has claimed England will have to "screw up" to not win the 2019 World Cup.


India duo ruled out of second Test

13th December 2018, 10:03

Injury has ruled India pair Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma out of this week's second Test against Australia.


Bohannon and Jones pen new Lancashire deals

12th December 2018, 15:48

Lancashire have handed new two-year deal extensions to keep Josh Bohannon and Rob Jones on board until the end of the 2020 season.


Langer has fingers crossed for quick Perth pitch

12th December 2018, 15:47

Australia coach Justin Langer hopes the new Perth Stadium has a fast pitch when it hosts the second Test with India on Friday.


New Sussex deal for Evans

11th December 2018, 14:24

Batsman Laurie Evans has penned a new deal with Sussex that extends his stay at the club until after 2019.


Giles holds high Rhodes expectations

11th December 2018, 09:13

Warwickshire director of sport Ashley Giles has hailed the progress Will Rhodes has made and expects to see more from him in 2019.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Reports

Arsenal 1-0 Qarabag

13th December 2018, 22:16

Alexandre Lacazette's strike was enough for a youthful Arsenal side as they cruised to victory against Qarabag in the Europa League.


Fredericks frustrated to miss reunion

13th December 2018, 21:25

West Ham's Ryan Fredericks says he's gutted to miss Saturday's trip back to Fulham but is backing his old side to stay up this season.


Ally Pally 'dream' inspires Wright

13th December 2018, 20:53

Peter Wright wants to fulfil his boyhood "dream" of winning the World Championships as he prepares for glory at Alexandra Palace.


Pulisic could make £50m Reds move

13th December 2018, 20:52

Liverpool could sign long-term transfer target Christian Pulisic in January amid reports Borussia Dortmund might accept £50m for him.

Match Reports

MOL Vidi FC 2-2 Chelsea

13th December 2018, 19:51

Chelsea ended their Europa League Group L campaign with a 2-2 draw against MOL Vidi FC at the Groupama Arena.


Smith confident of Van Gerwen shock

13th December 2018, 19:39

Qualifier Raymond Smith insists he can see off seed Michael van Gerwen in the World Darts Championship if he makes the second round.

Newcastle United

Newcastle in the dark over Shelvey knock

13th December 2018, 19:15

Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt for the fixture with Huddersfield Town this weekend due to a thigh injury.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Origi linked with Wolves switch again

13th December 2018, 19:10

Wolves have been given a boost in their pursuit of Divock Origi as Liverpool are hoping to see him stay in England.