Bairstow's dream comes true with his Lord's century
Jonny Bairstow admitted he was in "a good place" after atoning for one of the low points of his Test career with a century against Sri Lanka at Lord's.
Four years ago, Bairstow was dismissed for 95 against Sri Lanka at the Home of Cricket, narrowly missing out on a maiden international century and a place on the honours board.
A dip in form, both with bat and gloves, followed for the wicketkeeper-batsman, who had to wait until January of this year for his first Test ton.
Having been dropped today on 11, Bairstow went on to dominate the Sri Lanka attack and finished the day unbeaten on 107 in an England total of 279 for six.
"It feels like it should have happened a few years ago to be honest with you," said Bairstow.
"The South Africa game here, coming five short, it was something that I really wanted to do because I felt like I should have done it that day. A few years on now and I've been able to do it. Looking back it's been a tough four years but we're on the board.
"It's an amazing feeling to be here at Lord's and score a hundred - it's something every boy dreams of so it was a really special moment and you could see I was pretty emotional.
"On 95 I was thinking please just bowl me a half-volley to get to 96."
"I'm in a good place, I'm enjoying my cricket. Hopefully people are enjoying watching my cricket."
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath felt his side were still well placed to claim a consolation victory, having already fallen 2-0 down in the Investec Test series, despite letting England off the hook from 84 for four.
"We have done well," said Herath, who took two for 45. "Unfortunately we dropped one chance and it cost a lot but I felt like we have done well. I would say 350-375 is a good total."