Jonny Bairstow: On Day 3 of the fourth Ashes Test, England chased down Australia’s 317 run total with a post-innings score of 592 thanks in large part to Jonny Bairstow stellar performance. The wicketkeeper-batsman almost reached a century with an undefeated performance of 99 runs off 81 balls, during which he hit 10 fours and four sixes.
Mark Wood took three wickets in a spirited performance during Australia’s second innings. Usman Khawaja (18), Steve Smith (17), and Travis Head (1) were all out because of his bowling. Australia reached 113/4 at Stumps on Day 3, still behind by 162 runs thanks to the undefeated efforts of Marnus Labuschagne (44) and Mitchell Marsh(1).
After the third day’s Stumps, Bairstow was in no mood to discuss his contentious removal from the second Test with the media. Someone from the media said, “We haven’t spoken to you since everything that happened at Lord’s.”
Jonny Bairstow response was short and sweet: “I got no comment on it.”
The reporter pressed on, “But you haven’t felt like you were wronged?”
“Like I said, I have got no comment,” Bairstow replied.
Jonny Bairstow was controversially dismissed for 10 runs off 22 deliveries in the second innings of the second Ashes Test. Bairstow, upon receiving a delivery from Cameron Green, moved out of the crease after ducking, supposing that the over had been called. However, Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey caught it and under-armed it to the batter’s end, where it smacked into the stumps.
Side-on replays indicated that Bairstow, 33, was out of his position when the ball struck the stumps, and the third umpire was called into action. England fell short by 43 runs but rallied to take the series by winning the third Test. The home team, now down 1-2, is hoping to make a comeback in the fourth and final test match.