Bairstow: Good fun out there

Perth: Tales of Jonny Bairstow’s head-butting incident left Australia captain Steve Smith giggling like a schoolboy just weeks ago, but the wicket-keeper batsman’s maiden Ashes century in Perth on Friday allowed England skipper Joe Root the last laugh.

Bairstow gently tapped his helmet against his head upon reaching the milestone to the delight of Root and his teammates who jubilantly roared their support in the dressing room.

Bancroft recalled the incident at a news conference with his captain Smith sat beside him laughing heartily following England’s 10-wicket first Test defeat at the Gabba.

Bairstow felt he had been “stitched up” by Australia and that the event had been blown completely out of proportion. So he celebrated emotionally at the WACA after pulling Mitchell Marsh behind square for a single to reach his century.

“The hundred, in many ways, was my favourite one,” the 28-year-old told reporters.

“I’ve played in a few Ashes series so far now and to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.
“It was really good fun out there, I absolutely loved every single minute of it.”



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