Jonny Bairstow powered England to a five-wicket win over New Zealand on the final day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Tuesday as the home side won a series for the first time since January 2021.
England chased down 299 thanks to an great display of raw power from Bairstow, who took just 77 balls to reach the ninth Test century of his career.
Bairstow narrowly missed hitting England’s fastest Test hundred, taking one more delivery than Gilbert Jessop, who scored a 76-ball ton against Australia in 1902.
While Bairstow could not earn a place in the history books, that will be a footnote for the 32-year-old, whose display will be remembered forever by all those who witnessed it.
A capacity crowd at Trent Bridge was treated to a remarkable array of brutal boundaries from Bairstow, who hit 14 fours and seven sixes to leave New Zealand bewildered in his 92-ball masterclass.
After chasing down 277 to win the first Test at Lord’s by five wickets thanks to Joe Root’s 115 not out, Bairstow ensured England enjoyed another successful final-day chase.
Here are reactions to England’s incredible win:
Bairstow, Stokes and a win for the ages! 🙌🏽🙌🏽
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— The Field (@thefield_in) June 14, 2022
What a win @englandcricket! Phenomenal 🔥
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) June 14, 2022