Jonathan Marc “Jonny” Bairstow (born 26 September 1989) is an English cricketer, who plays first-class cricket for Yorkshire and England. A right-hand batsman and wicket-keeper he is the second son of former Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David Bairstow and the half-brother of former Derbyshire player Andrew Bairstow. His maiden Test century came in the first innings of England’s second test at Newlands during their 2015/2016 tour of South Africa, beating his previous best of 95 at Lord’s, also against South Africa.
In the year 2016, Bairstow became the wicket keeper to effect most dismissals in a calendar year.
Jonathan Marc Bairstow
26 September 1989 (age 27) Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
DL Bairstow (father)
AD Bairstow (half-brother)
Test debut (cap 652)
17 May 2012 v West Indies
16 December 2016 v India
ODI debut (cap 223)
16 September 2011 v India
12 October 2016 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no.
Domestic team information
Yorkshire (squad no. 21)
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1989, Bairstow displayed his early talent when he was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year award. This was for the form he showed in 2007 for St Peter’s School, York when he scored 654 runs.During the 2008 season he played second XI cricket for Yorkshire, in six championship matches he scored 308 runs at an average of 61.60.He was called up to the first-team squad for the final County Championship match of the season against Sussex but failed to make the starting eleven. At the end of the season he signed a two-year professional contract.
Bairstow began the 2009 season playing second XI cricket but after scoring 202 not out against Leicestershire seconds, he was called up into the first-team match with Somerset when Michael Vaughan was ruled out through injury.On his first-class debut he scored 28 before being bowled by Michael Munday. In the second innings he top scored with an unbeaten 82. In Somerset’s second innings he took over the gloves from an injured Gerard Brophy and took four catches.
Bairstow was a regular in the Yorkshire team in 2010, playing 16 first-class matches and scoring 918 runs. He averaged more than 40 for a second successive season, but could not convert any of his eight fifties into a maiden century. His performances led to selection for the England Performance Programme squad to tour Australia in 2010/11.
He took the gloves for the 2011 season and started well with the bat by scoring his first 100 against Nottinghamshire in May, finishing on 205. He was the only Yorkshire batsman to score over 1000 runs in the season and on the back of his strong performances was called up to the England one day squad at the end of the season.
Bairstow currently holds the distinction of being the only England wicketkeeper to twice claim nine dismissals in a test match, against South Africa in January 2016, and against Sri Lanka in May, 2016. Only R.C Russell (11 dismissals versus South Africa, 1995), and R.W. Taylor (10 dismissals versus India 1980) have claimed more in a single test match.
Breaking into the ODI and T20I teams
Bairstow was a member of the England ODI squad for their match against Ireland in August 2011; however, he was not picked to play.He did make his debut the following month after he was called up to the final ODI against India. Playing as a specialist batsman, he scored an unbeaten 41 off just 21 balls to help England reach a Duckworth-Lewis adjusted total. His innings included three sixes, the first off just the fifth ball he faced, and he was named Man of the Match.
On 11 October 2011 Bairstow hit a century off 53 balls as England beat a Hyderabad Cricket Association XI – during a warm up for a series against India.
On 23 February 2012 Bairstow was named man of the match in the second T20 of the series between Pakistan Cricket Team and England Cricket Team at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. England won the match.
West Indies 2012
Bairstow was named in the England squad for the first test against the West Indies at Lord’s after a successful start to the 2012 season, scoring two hundreds for Yorkshire, and an injury to Ravi Bopara had ruled him out of selection. On 17 May 2012, Bairstow was selected in the team and made his test debut and was presented his cap by close family friend and former Yorkshire and England cricketer, Geoff Boycott.
Jonny was selected to play for the England Lions in one of the warm up games for this series. He came in as the 7th batsman and scored 50 runs before being caught by Ravi Rampaul. Bairstow also made 5 catches throughout the match.
Bairstow made his debut in the 1st Test against the West Indies at Lord’s. Bairstow’s first major involvement in the test was when he caught Marlon Samuels for 31 runs. Bairstow came in as the Number 6 batsman in England’s 1st innings and made 16 runs off 27 balls hitting 3 fours however he was out from an LBW bowled by Kemar Roach. In the West Indies 2nd innings Bairstow got Kirk Edwards out for 0 runs by running him out after Edwards misjudged a run. Bairstow was not really needed in the 2nd innings for England and only had to face 3 balls in which he scored 0 runs (not out). However the 2nd Test wasn’t a good one for Bairstow only scoring 4 runs off 17 balls in the 1st innings before being caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Bairstow did slightly better in the 3rd Test with England only being able to bat in Day 4 due to rain on Day 1,2 and 5 with West Indies batting throughout Day 3, so when Bairstow finally got to the crease he needed to put some runs on and he made 18 off 37 balls scoring 3 fours before being bowled by Tino Best. Bairstow finished the series on a positive note (with England taking the series 2–0) and with an overall score of 38 runs. He did not feature in any of the ODI matches however he was selected to play in the Twenty20 match but England won before Bairstow had the chance to bat.
South Africa 2012
Bairstow was not selected for the first two Tests as England went with Ravi Bopara (for the 1st Test) and handed James Taylor his debut in the 2nd Test. However he was recalled to the side for the 3rd Test and he made 95 in the first innings against South Africa before being bowled by an excellent ball from fast bowler Morne Morkel. He left the field to a standing ovation. In the second innings England were set 345 to win, Bairstow came in with England struggling (Jonathan Trott was the only batsman to get into double figures) and he played some good shots but finally was bowled by Imran Tahir for 54 runs, this was not enough to help England to victory and South Africa won the match and won the series 2–0. He finished the Test series with 149 runs (the 5th highest scoring England player) having only played 1 Test. Bairstow was then dropped for the first ODI in favour of Ravi Bopara who had an excellent ODI series against Australia. He returned to the ODI side for the 5th ODI in the series and he scored 29 runs however South Africa won this match to draw the ODI series 2–2. Bairstow was selected to play in the 1st Twenty20 game, he came in as the 5th batsman and scored 15 before being caught.
2012 ICC World Twenty20
Bairstow was selected in the England squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Jonny played in England’s first group game against Afghanistan, he came in as the number 6 batsman and made 12 runs from 10 balls before being caught to help England to get 196 runs for 5 wickets. In Afghanistan’s chase he caught Asghar Stanikzai off a Stuart Broad bowl to assist England to a 116 run victory. The second and final group game was against India, England won the toss and sent India in to bat. Bairstow caught Virat Kohli from a Graeme Swann bowl when Kohli was on 40, however India got to 170 runs in 20 overs setting England a target of 171. England’s batting order failed and Jonny was bowled by Piyush Chawla for 1 run, England only made 80 runs (which was their worst for a Twenty20 International) and lost the match by 90 runs. They still qualified for the Super 8 stage. The first match in the Super 8’s was against eventual champions West Indies, Bairstow took an important wicket when he caught opener Johnson Charles on 84 off of a Jade Dernbach bowl, his form with the bat wasn’t impressive as he made 18 off 29 balls before being caught en route to an England loss. He made amends against New Zealand as he caught opener Rob Nicol for 11 runs and then helped run out James Franklin who was on 50 and looking to really threaten England, Bairstow was needed in the 18th over and made 5 runs in 2 balls to help England to a 6 wicket win. Jonny was selected as the wicket keeper against Sri Lanka, he caught Kumar Sangakkara on 13 but his performance as the number 3 batter was poor as he only made 2 runs on the way to a 19 runs loss to Sri Lanka. This loss meant England were knocked out of the World Twenty20 and the West Indies took England’s title as World Twenty20 champions.
Bairstow was included in the squad which travelled to India. He was selected to play against Mumbai A in one of the warm up games for the 4 Test series. Jonny came in as the 6th batsman and scored a remarkable 118 before being caught. He could not bat in the 2nd innings as England had won the game before he got the chance. He also caught out 3 Mumbai players during their 1st innings.
Bairstow was selected to play in the 2nd Test after Ian Bell went home for the birth of his child. His first involvement of the test series came when he caught Zaheer Khan (India’s last wicket) from a Graeme Swann bowl. He came in to bat as the 5th batsmen however he only managed 9 runs before he was caught by Gautam Gambhir, however Bairstow’s dismissal was full of controversy as the ball hit the catcher’s helmet first. Jonny continued to do well in the fielding department by catching India’s dangerman Cheteshwar Pujara (who had scored a double century in the 1st Test and a century in the 1st Innings of the 2nd Test) for 6 runs which put England on the front foot in the 2nd Test. He also caught Yuvraj Singh off a Monty Panesar bowl. However he was dropped for the 3rd Test as Ian Bell returned to the tour following the birth of his child. He was selected for the T20 and ODI teams however he withdrew from both squads due to the illness of a family member, he was replaced by fellow Yorkshire man Joe Root on both occasions.
New Zealand 2013
He was selected to be part of the Test, ODI and T20 squads for the 2013 Tour to New Zealand. He was selected to play in the first warm up Twenty20 match against New Zealand XI, he wasn’t required to bat in England’s 186 run innings, in the field however he caught Andrew Ellis. Jonny played in the second warm up T20 match as well. He only made 2 runs in England’s 3 wicket loss but he did catch Anton Devcich on 33.
Bairstow was chosen to play in the first Twenty20 match of the series, he lost the wicket-keeping spot to Jos Buttler after Buttler put in a couple of great performances in the warm ups, this meant Bairstow would be used as specialist batsman coming in at number 5. He helped England to a 40 run win in the 1st T20I by smashing 38 runs in 22 balls before being caught by Martin Guptill, he also caught New Zealand danger man Ross Taylor on 13. In the 2nd T20I he caught Ross Taylor on 4 runs and also Colin Munro on 7 runs, he batted at number 4 but only made 8 runs before being caught by Mitchell McClenaghan in England’s 55 run loss. Bairstow also played in the 3rd T20I, whilst fielding he caught both dangermen Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor before they could post a decent score, he was not required to bat in England’s successful run chase and finished up a 2–1 T20 series winner. Jonny was the 12th man in England’s 3 wicket loss in the 1st ODI. He was once again 12th man for the 2nd ODI however Bairstow came on as a substitute and managed to catch Grant Elliott when the batsman was on 23. For the 3rd ODI Jonny was selected as the 12th man, he did manage to get on the field but didn’t have enough time to contribute to the fielding efforts.
He was selected as the 12th man in the 1st Test and the 2nd Test against New Zealand. He was selected as the number 6 batsman for the 3rd Test as Kevin Pietersen was injured so Joe Root moved up to number 5. Bairstow was out to an LBW for 3 runs after a Trent Boult bowl. His 2nd innings wasn’t much better as the struggling England side needed him to bat for a while but he only conjured up 6 runs before edging the ball to Ross Taylor.
Not long after the series in New Zealand the Black Caps travelled to tour round England. Bairstow was selected in the ODI squad for the New Zealand’s 2013 tour of England. His first involvement in the tour was to play for the England Lions against New Zealand in a four-day warm up match, where he batted at number 6 and got 68 runs before getting out to an LBW. He was selected for the 1st Test at number 6 due to the absence of Kevin Pietersen. He top scored for England in the 1st innings after getting 41 runs off 107 balls, however he looked nervous in the 2nd innings and made only 5 runs off 13 balls before being bowled. Bairstow retained his place for the 2nd Test at Headingley where he came in and hit 64 off 99 balls and was involved in a 124 partnership with fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root. In the second innings he made 26 off 22 balls before Alastair Cook declared. Bairstow finished the series with 136 runs (England’s 4th highest scorer) as England won the series 2–0.
2013 Ashes series
Bairstow batting against Australia in the 1st Test of the 2013 Ashes series at Trent Bridge
For the 2013 Ashes series Bairstow was named in the squad as Nick Compton was dropped which allowed Joe Root to open the batting and leaving the number six spot free for Bairstow. In the warm up match against Essex Bairstow made scores of 23 and 28. He was selected as the number six batsman for the 1st Test where he made scores of 37 and 15. In the 2nd Test he made 67 off 146 balls in the first innings and 20 runs in the second innings helping England gain a 2–0 series lead. The 3rd Test proved to be the decider as Bairstow hit 22 in the first innings but was not needed in the second as rain ensured that the match would be abandoned on the 5th day and England retained the Ashes. The 4th Test saw Bairstow make 14 off 77 balls in the first innings before making 28 runs off 65 balls in the second innings. England won the match and the series which meant Bairstow is an Ashes series winner for the first time.
2013–14 Ashes series
Bairstow was selected in the 2013-14 Ashes series squad however he did not play a match until he was called up to the team for the 4th Test. With England 3–0 down in the series Jonny replaced wicket-keeper Matt Prior after a poor run of form making Bairstow and his father the first father/son combination to keep wicket for England. In the 4th Test Jonny took 6 catches and performed well behind wicket but he could only get 10 runs in the first innings and 21 in the second innings. He retained his place for the 5th Test and made 18 runs in the first innings but got a duck in the second innings. He finished the series with 49 runs.
2015 New Zealand
After being out of the England set up for 18 months, Bairstow was called up to the squad for the 5th ODI in New Zealand’s tour of England. He replaced the injured Jos Buttler in the team and made two catches and a stumping before scoring 83* in 60 balls to help England to a win in a rain affected match. England won the match and the series 3–2. He also played in the T20 match between the sides, and although he only made one run, England went on to win by 56 runs.
2015 Ashes series
After being omitted from the playing squad for the first two tests of the series, Bairstow had been named to start in place of Gary Ballance as a batsman for the third test at Edgbaston. He scored just five on his return, but England won the game by 8 wickets. In the fourth Test he scored 74 as England won the match by an innings and 78 runs. He was less productive in the final Test, making scores of 13 and 26. Although England lost the game they won the series 3–2.
After an injury to Jos Buttler, Bairstow came into the side for the final three ODIs against Australia. He scored 17 in his first match of the series, which England won by 93 runs. He made his highest score of the series in the next game, scoring 31 as England won by three wickets to level the series at 2-2. However, in the final game England were poor with the bat, making just 138, while Bairstow was out for ten. England lost the match by eight wickets and the series 3-2.
Bairstow kept his place in the England side for the series against Pakistan in the UAE. He made just 23 runs in the first match as England narrowly missed out on winning the game as bad light stopped play with them just short of their target. Bairstow scored 43 in England’s first innings of the second Test, as they made 242. He was out for a duck in the second innings as England fell 178 runs short of their target. After making 41 in the first innings of the final Test, he made his first half-century of the series in his last innings, scoring 79, although it proved to be in vain as England lost to lose the series 2-0.
2015 -16 South Africa
After continued poor form in the Pakistani series by Buttler, Bairstow was announced as England’s first-choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket. In the first test of the series, Bairstow, batting at number 7, made 41 runs.He followed this with an excellent 79 from 76 balls in the second innings, as England set the hosts a target of 416 to win.England went on to win the game in convincing fashion, by 241 runs. Despite missing an earlier opportunity against AB de Villiers, he became the first England wicketkeeper to take a stumping since 2012, removing Temba Bavuma for 0 off the bowling of Moeen Ali. In the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town, Bairstow scored 150 not out to record his maiden Test century. He and Ben Stokes (who himself scored 258) put on a world record 399 for the sixth wicket, as England moved from 167-4 to 629-6 declared. England wobbled in the second innings, but Bairstow hit an unbeaten 30 to ensure the match ended in a draw. He made 45 in England’s first innings of the third Test, helping them surpass South Africa’s first innings total. A good performance with the ball saw England win the game by seven wickets, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Bairstow was out for a duck in the England’s first innings in the final match of the series, and made 14 in the second innings as England lost by 280 runs but won the series 2-1.
2016 Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Bairstow scored 140 in the first game against Sri Lanka to help England out of a precarious situation. He was named man of the match for his efforts, which also included taking nine catches, as England won the game to go 1-0 up in the series. He scored 48 in the second match, with England posting a big first innings score. He was not required to bat in the second innings as England won the match by nine wickets. He continued his excellence form into the final match of the series, where he scored an unbeaten 167 in England’s first innings to help them to 416. He made 32 in the second innings, although rain ended the match, with no result being reached. England won the series 2-0, with the performances of Bairstow both with the bat and behind the stumps being lauded by pundits and players alike.
In the ODI series, Bairstow made just three in the first match as it ended in a tie. He did not bat in the second match as England secured a ten wicket victory, and was again didn’t bat in the third match as rain affected the outcome. He made an unbeaten 29 in the fourth match to guide England to a six wicket victory, before he was dismissed for 22 in the final match of the series which England won by 122 runs. He played in the only T20I between the two sides but was not required to bat as England won by eight wickets.
Bairstow scored 29 in England’s first innings in the first Test against Pakistan. He made 48 in the second innings, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a defeat for England. In the second Test he scored 58 in England’s first innings total of 589/8 as they won the match by 330 runs. He made 12 in the first innings of the third Test and followed this up with 83 in the second innings to help England turn the match around and secure an unlikely win. In the final match of the series Bairstow made 55 in the first innings as England made 328, and was dismissed for 81 in the second innings as Pakistan secured a ten wicket victory. He played in the fourth ODI against Pakistan and made 61 as England won by four wickets. England lost the fifth ODI by four wickets, with Bairstow making 33, as England won the series 4-1.
In the first ODI against Bangladesh, Bairstow was dismissed for a duck after being ran out, although England won by 21 runs. In the second match he made 35, although England lost the game to leave the series tied at 1-1 with one game to go. He made 15 in the final match which England won to win the series 2-1. In the Test series, Bairstow made 52 in the first innings of the first Test and 47 in the second innings to help England to a 22 run victory. In the second match, he made 24 in the first innings and was out for just 3 in the second as England slumped to a 108 run defeat.
In the first Test against India Bairstow scored 46 in England’s first innings total of 537, and was not required to bat in the second innings. He also took six catches and a stumping in the match. In the second Test he made 53 in the first innings before making an unbeaten 34 in the second as England suffered a loss of 246 runs. In the third Test he made 89 in England’s first innings total of 283, but after England conceded a first innings lead, he could make just 15 in the second innings as India secured an eight wicket victory. In the fourth Test he made 14 in the first innings, before making 51 in the second innings as England were dismissed for 195 to lose the match by an innings and 36 runs. In the final match of the series Bairstow made 49 in the first innings, before being dismissed for one in England’s second innings as they lost by an innings and 75 runs.