Bairstow arrived home days before the start of the three-match Test series after spending eight weeks with Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. He last played red ball cricket on the tour of West Indies in March. But his white-ball skills came to the fore at Trent Bridge when he exploded after tea, registering the second-fastest century by an England batsman in Test cricket and helping the home team win by five wickets in exactly 50 overs.
“At Trent Bridge, he didn’t play slogs, swipes or funky strokes. It was huge power through some good cricket shots. Someone like Jack Crawley can learn from that. It’s about being in control. You have a positive Wanting the mindset but letting go of the odd ball is not bad batting. It’s called judgment,” wrote Boycott for The Daily Telegraph.
Elaborating on the power behind Bairstow’s shots, Boycott said, “Once he hit a few boundaries after tea, Johnny’s confidence skyrocketed. His adrenaline was flowing and his blood was bleeding. He always had this terrifying destructive power, even at a young age. When he was a kid, he used to come on vacation and live with us in South Africa and I would take him to play golf. was.”
“He just hit the ball for miles, not always straight, but you could hardly see where it went. But what you have to do with that kind of power, use it properly. That’s what he did at the Lord’s Test.” When he was swinging. Every ball.”
“Johnny was unbeaten on 43 off 48 balls at tea. He laid the foundation. The key to his innings. Before tea, he batted conservatively, not defensively, but with a sense of purpose and common sense. It didn’t matter. No matter how good you are. Playing the shots, you still have to get used to the pitch and the bowling.”
Boycott said that despite the impact of white-ball cricket playing early shots in red-ball cricket, it has brought a sense that any goal is achievable.
“One-day cricket has infected the modern player with a desire to play shots very quickly in an innings. But the positive effect of one-day cricket is that it has given them the confidence to believe they can chase big fourth innings. The ideas of previous generations were impossible.”
“As long as the pitch is good, modern-day players treat it only as a one-day run chase. Big bats help because Bairstow and Ben Stokes knew that even a misshit could go for a six as long as they had Enough ball. If they hit it well, the ball goes miles back into the stands.”
Boycott hoped that Bairstow would continue to be supported by captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum after his heroics at Trent Bridge. “I was very happy for Johnny. I think he will do well under Stokes because as a batsman it is always comforting when you have a captain who understands and encourages your batting style. Is.”
“People like Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes will support him. Brendon won’t ask him to try every ball bash. He knows it’s impossible. But he will say try to stay positive and influence the match. Johnny now has soul in the captain and coach.”
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