Scottish Daily Mail

Bairstow hits heights for Eng­land

- By PAUL NEW­MAN Sports · Cricket · England · South Africa · Eoin Morgan

JONNY BAIRSTOW rose to yet an­other new chal­lenge last night with a bril­liant dis­play of hit­ting to blast Eng­land to an open­ing vic­tory on their South African tour. He dropped down the bat­ting or­der but that did not stop him res­cu­ing Eng­land when it seemed South Africa would pull off a sur­prise win at New­lands. The hosts looked like they would make Eoin Mor­gan pay for choos­ing to chase on a slow pitch by post­ing a highly com­pet­i­tive 179 for six and then quickly knock­ing over Eng­land’s top three. But Bairstow’s un­beaten 86 off 48 balls helped them win with rel­a­tive ease and four balls to spare. ‘Jonny had an un­be­liev­able day out on a two-paced wicket,’ said Mor­gan.

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