Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bairstow Earns Coach's Praise after 10th First Class Ton

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bairstow Earns Coach's Praise after 10th First Class Ton

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JONNY Bairstow held Yorkshire together with a sparkling unbeaten 125 against Middlesex at Headingley, prompting coach Jason Gillespie to state he thought the wicketkeeper-batsman should be with the England side.

"He's been a victim of circumstances. He must be very close," he added.

With Bairstow on 56 and Yorkshire floundering on 171 for eight in reply to Middlesex's first innings score of 212, both his own century and a first innings lead seemed a long way off.

But Bairstow continued his fine batting form and had managed to advance to 72 when Tim Bresnan departed at 188 to bring in last man, Jack Brooks.

Bairstow's second of two sixes at the expense of Toby Roland-Jones raised the 200 and a boundary off James Harris brought him his century off 161 balls with nine fours and two sixes.

It was his 10th in first class matches for Yorkshire, putting him one ahead of his late father David's tally.

He drove Ollie Rayner for consecutive sixes, the second being palmed over the line by Roland-Jones, but in the same over Brooks was caught behind, leaving Bairstow stranded after receiving 187 deliveries and spanking 10 fours and four sixes. …

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