Jonny Bairstow scored the winning 136 runs off just 92 balls, leading England to an incredible victory in the second Test against New Zealand by five wickets on Tuesday. Jonny Bairstow is the hero of England. Jonny Bairstow hit a match-winning 136 to guide England to victory against New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge. The centrepiece of one of England’s finest victories was an outstanding display by Jonny Bairstow. He played the innings of his life and threatened to score England’s fastest Test century ever. A sellout crowd, granted complimentary admission by Nottinghamshire CCC, we’re treated to stunning performance, with Jonny Bairstow blasting his way to 136 from 92 balls, including 14 fours and seven sixes, the 136 off 92 balls falling only a ball short of the 120-year-old England record for the fastest Test century.

Set a target of 299 to win within just over two sessions on day five, England reached the target in just 50 overs, with Jonny Bairstow hitting England’s second-fastest Test century. Despite losing four wickets for 93, England showed genuine intent in their pursuit of 299 runs, starting with the fifth-wicket partnership of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Chasing the 298-run target to win, England needed 160 runs in the final session. Jonny Bairstow, alongside Ben Stokes, played sensational counter-attacking innings to guide England home for the second Test with plenty of time remaining. England sealed victory against New Zealand by five wickets in the second Test, with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow producing scintillating performances at Trent Bridge to help the team to take a 2-0 series lead.

England made a stunning effort, led by Jonny Bairstow, in the fourth innings of England’s Second Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham to win the three-match series with one match remaining. England chased down 299 runs with 22 overs remaining at Trent Bridge thanks to Bairstow’s century in 77 balls to secure England’s first Test series victory in 18 months. Set a target of 299 from at least 72 overs to win the second Test and cling on to their unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England moved down the target thanks to a stunning assault by Jonny Bairstow following the tea-break at Trent Bridge on the last day. The match-winning 136 proved crucial as England chased a record target of 299 runs at Trent Bridge, erasing the opposition by five wickets with just over a century remaining, sealing the win and series win, a first for skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

While Jonny Bairstow is not a Test team newcomer, nor is his attacking batting style, all talk of a positive approach by this side under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum as their new coach makes it look like setting the marker, with England going from winning just one in 17 Tests to winning two.