Yorkshire-born cricketer Jonny Bairstow has gone down in the record books after breaking a 16-year-old record.
The Bradford lad has set a new record for the most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year, scoring 1,091 runs in 18 innings, over 11 tests.
His score of 47, in the second innings of the recent test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong, amassed the previous record of 1,045 runs set by ex-England coach Andy Flower when playing for Zimbabwe.
All Out Cricket deputy editor, Jo Harman, said: “If I’d been asked at the start of Jonny Bairstow’s Test career whether I thought he’d break this record, my answer would have been no”.
Bairstow entered the England test side last year on the back of his excellent form for his home county, Yorkshire, and made his debut against West Indies in 2012.
The impressive form with the bat and constant improvements with the gloves has made him a solid selection in the test side, as well as representing in the shorter formats of cricket for England too.
Jo Harman also added: “There is no question that these days batting ability is right at the forefront of selectors’ minds when they are picking a wicketkeeper.
“To surpass the number of runs scored in a year by keeper-batsman such as Flower, Gilchrist and Sangakkara is a fantastic achievement”.
Bairstow’s cricketing ability first came to light when at St Peter’s School in York, where he won the 2007 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year.
He was also a very talented all-round sportsman, having trials with Leeds United as a right-back.
His current run total has since improved to 1,118 after the conclusion of the final test in Dhaka,
Now England move onto India, with the first test starting in Rajkot tomorrow.
Bairstow will be looking to add to his already impressive haul of runs this year.
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