In the second game of the Test series, England defeated New Zealand in Trent Bridge by a margin of five wickets. Jonny Bairstow was the hero in this triumph. As England chased a record total to defeat New Zealand 2–0, Bairstow recorded the second-fastest Test century for his nation. On the fifth day, with just over two sessions remaining, New Zealand set a target of 299 runs to win. In 50 overs, England reached the Target.
The Jonny Bairstow Madness in Trent Bridge
Bairstow scored 136 runs in 92 balls. His innings included 14 fours and 7 sixes. In 77 balls, Bairstow finished his century and scored the second fastest hundred in 4th innings. Gilbert Jessop, who made a century in 76 balls in a Test match in 1902, holds the record for the quickest century for England. In the fourth innings of the Test game, Jessop also accomplished this feat. The audience stood up to welcome Bairstow after he was out to Boult’s bowl. Following this, Ben Foakes’ (12 not out) and Stokes(75*) led England to victory.
The Ben Stokes – McCullum Era
England’s score stood at 93 for four at one stage. As they are already ahead 1-0 in the series, Bairstow and skipper Ben Stokes (75 unbeaten) might have continued batting for a draw. Brendon McCullum, the new coach had instructed his players to go for a win. This win will bring a big boost to England Cricket Team confidence after the debacle Ashes Series.
Fastest Hundred in Test Cricket was made only in 54 balls
Brendan McCullum of New Zealand holds the record for the quickest test cricket century ever. In a match against Australia in Christchurch during the 2015–16 season, he took just 54 balls to accomplish the milestone. Sir Viv Richards, who held the previous record, took 56 balls to achieve triple digits against England in the 1985–1986 season.
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