Bairstow’s Century gives England fightback at SCG

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After a disastrous start to the third day of the fourth Ashes Test on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, England clawed it’s way back to 258-7 thanks to a brave century by Jonny Bairstow and a half-century by Ben Stokes.

Bairstow hit the tourists’ first century of the series in the seventh innings, highlighting a day where England had fallen down 36-4 by lunch before its middle-order counterattacked to help England get back into the match on yet another rain-affected day at the SCG.

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Bairstow started attacking at almost every ball after being struck on the thumb by a Pat Cummins supply and with companions running out. He scored a deserved century from 138 balls with 12 boundaries and three sixes moments before stumps by slashing a Cummins supply for four.

Bairstow celebrated his eighth Test century by running with his arms up halfway to England changing room, where his colleagues had gathered to recognize crucial innings in the context of a contest that had before appeared to be slipping away.

Bairstow was 103 not out at stumps, with Jack Leach on 4, and England trailing Australia by 158 runs.

Ben Stokes had earlier scored a typically swashbuckling 66 off 91 balls, with 9 fours and a soaring six over the ropes, as part of a 128-run combination with Jonny Bairstow that helped England’s innings recover following an early collapse.

Nathan Lyon finally put an end to the 128-run partnership when he trapped Stokes lbw with a ball that had a lower bounce than the allrounder expected.

After a breathless opening session that was delayed for two hours by drizzle but erupted in a fiery storm of pace bowling from the Australian assault, it was quite a comeback.

Before lunch, England lost openers Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley, captain Joe Root, and Dawid Malan cheaply, the last three without adding a single score to their 36-run total.

The collapse began when Mitchell Starc bowled Hameed for six, but the most damage was done when Scott Boland started up where he left off in the third test in Melbourne.

Zak Crawley hit a hot stretch of 18 before losing his off stump after swinging down the ground against Scott Boland.

England had no idea at the moment, but they were about to go on an incredibly one-sided spell that included a mesmerizing series of 70 straight dot balls on each side of lunch.

They lost three wickets during that scoreless run, with Boland getting Joe Root flaying to slip for a duck and Dawid Malan flicking Green to the catcher at leg-slip.

The gloomy weather early Friday didn’t deter the McGrath Foundation’s ‘Pink Test’ fundraising efforts, which has been held on day three of the Sydney Test for the past 14 years and is chaired by former Test paceman Glenn McGrath.

The majority of the 28,415 people in attendance wore pink clothing, and one of the numerous stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground was decorated with pink bunting to celebrate the charity’s efforts.

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