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Bairstow in dreamland after his century puts England in control

By David Clough

Published 21/05/2016

England's Jonny Bairstow hits a boundary on the second morning of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds
England's Jonny Bairstow hits a boundary on the second morning of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds

Jonny Bairstow reflected on an "absolutely amazing" day after his century on his home ground of Headingley set up England's pursuit of victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The Yorkshireman completed his second Test ton on day two in Leeds, holding England's innings together with 140 of his side's first-innings 298.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson then wreaked havoc with the ball, taking figures of four for 21 and five for 16 respectively, as the tourists were skittled for just 91.

England skipper Alastair Cook enforced the follow-on and Sri Lanka reached one without loss from two balls of their second innings, still a mammoth 206 runs behind, before bad light brought the close.

But despite the impressive performances of Broad and Anderson, it was Bairstow's innings that stood out in a match that has already seen six players dismissed for ducks.

"It has been absolutely amazing," said the 26-year-old, who also took five catches. "To come to your home ground and do well, it is one of those things where you want to impress everyone."

On Bairstow's batting, Anderson added: "He knows his game a lot more now. His shot selection has been fantastic.

"You saw that development on the South Africa tour and he has gone from strength to strength since then."

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