Updated: 10/08/2012 19:35 | By pa.press.net

Bairstow cashes in against Aussies



Jonny Bairstow scored 139 off 168 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes

Jonny Bairstow scored 139 off 168 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes

Jonny Bairstow was the big winner during the final day of the drawn four day game between England Lions and Australia A at Old Trafford after completing an entertaining century.

The Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman scored 139 off 168 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes, underpinning England's total of 315 for six declared in their second innings and setting the tourists an unlikely target of 354 from a minimum of 64 overs during the final two sessions of the match.

At an asking rate in excess of five and a half runs per over, it was a task Ed Cowan's side did not even contemplate and the players shook hands at 5.40pm with the Australians at 144 for four from 62.

Resuming on an overnight score of 158 for three in the second innings, Bairstow advanced from 73 in partnership with Craig Kieswetter, the pair adding 96 in 19 overs for the fifth wicket after left-arm spinner Jon Holland trapped James Tredwell lbw with the day's fourth ball.

Bairstow, who was dropped from the senior Test team after scoring only 38 runs in three matches against the West Indies earlier in the summer, lofted Nathan Lyon straight down the ground before smearing the off-colour Mitchell Johnson over square-leg.

The tourists resorted to bowling part-time spin during the latter stages of the morning session and Bairstow fell 11 runs shy of 150 when he was caught behind as he attempted to reverse sweep Peter Forrest's off-spin.

It was the Queensland player's maiden first-class wicket before Holland (three for 89) had Chris Woakes stumped by Tim Paine, leaving the score at 312 for six, seven balls before an unadventurous declaration came at lunch, with Kieswetter unbeaten on 66 from 94 balls.

Samit Patel had a hand in three of the four wickets to fall. He pouched a smart catch at second slip to get rid of Cowan for nine off James Harris before forcing Liam Davis (43) to edge to a juggling Bairstow at slip. Patel then caught Tom Cooper (four) at silly point as the batsman swept a James Tredwell delivery onto his boot shortly after tea.

Stuart Meaker picked up the fourth wicket courtesy of another excellent catch by Bairstow at first slip, one-handed diving to his left, to dismiss Tim Paine for 17 shortly before the match drew to a close. Michael Klinger top-scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 65 off 148 balls.

The sides play the second and final match of their mini series at Edgbaston, starting on Tuesday.

0Comments
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest cricket news

  • England captain Alastair Cook, right, plans to rebuild England alongside new head coach Peter Moores, left.

    Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower.

  • Gary Ballance was in superb form on day one at Headingley

    England hopeful Gary Ballance smashed an unbeaten century as Yorkshire took control of their LV= County Championship clash with Northamptonshire.

  • Mike Watkinson, pictured, was not surprised to see Peter Moores move on

    Lancashire director of cricket Mike Watkinson knew Peter Moores was too ambitious to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford but admits the timing of his appointment as England coach has been tricky.

  • Eoin Morgan, pictured, has hailed the support given to him by England outcast Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen's former England team-mates continue to offer contrasting testimony about the help, or otherwise, he has given them.

  • The convalescing Jonathan Trott, pictured, has the support of his Ashes antagonist David Warner

    Australia batsman David Warner hopes Jonathan Trott can recover from his anxiety issues and return to cricket at the top level.

  • Peter Moores has left Lancashire to coach England

    Peter Moores is confident he will make the most of his second chance to coach England.

  • ECB managing director Paul Downton has stressed England are moving on without Kevin Pietersen, pictured

    Kevin Pietersen, and his supporters, can no longer be in the slightest doubt that he will ever play for England again - after the clearest of management statements at Lord's.

  • Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket

    Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness.

  • Ben Stokes is currently injured

    Ben Stokes will have to remain patient before he can start to make up for time he has lost due to a self-inflicted injury.

  • Gary Kirsten believes more coaches will opt for the IPL over Test cricket

    Gary Kirsten believes that the all-year demands of international coaching may lead many to look for employment in tournaments such as the Indian Premier League, rather than pursue Test cricket jobs.

  • Alastair Cook believes county players have an excellent chance to advance their claims for a Test spot

    England captain Alastair Cook has admitted the team's recent struggles mean there are "quite a few places up for grabs".

  • Ed Joyce's Sussex are the early leaders in LV= County Championship Division One

    Captain Ed Joyce's second century of the match carried Sussex to victory number two, over Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and into an early lead in the new LV= County Championship Division One season.

  • Ben Stokes is hoping to put his troubles behind him

    Ben Stokes is learning the hard way, for the second time in his life, that he must keep his anger under control if he is to make the most of his outstanding natural talent.

  • Marcus Trescothick is understanding of Jonathan Trott's situation

    Stricken England batsman Jonathan Trott has been told the door is always open for advice and support by one of the few men able to empathise with his current malaise, Marcus Trescothick.

  • Sam Robson's century enhanced his England chances

    England hopeful Sam Robson has targeted more big scores for Middlesex to strengthen his claim to international selection this summer.