Jonny Bairstow followed David Malan to a century on the second day of the third Test at the WACA in Perth.
And the England wicketkeeper-batsman celebrated his three-figure score not only with an emotional look to the heavens but also by head-butting his helmet, in a jocular reference to the Cameron Bancroft controversy that has followed him since the last day of the first Test in Brisbane.
— The Ashes on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 15, 2017
Bairstow, who was promoted from No.7 to No.6 in England’s batting line-up, made 119 as England compiled 403 all out in the first innings, collapsing from 368-4.
Geoff Boycott, commentating for Test Match Special and BT Sport, rated it as Bairstow’s best Test innings to date. “To play without a blemish, a nick, a chance – he’s batted beautifully. If he got up the order a bit he might get a few more hundreds too.”