England’s Jonny Bairstow excels with the bat but not with the gloves

Alec Stewart watched his successor narrowly fail at Lord’s to better his record score as wicketkeeper-batsman and stood up for him as a catch went down

Cricket is a game that generates lists and records beyond any other. Today’s relates to English wicketkeeper-batsmen. Look at the top eight highest scores by an English keeper in Test cricket and only three names come to light. Two of them were at Lord’s on Friday.

Les Ames, who died in 1990, appears three times, Alec Stewart twice and now, after ending up on 167 not out, Jonny Bairstow makes his third appearance. The Yorkshire keeper now finds himself in exalted company as he dovetails with Stewart at the top of the list. Here at Lord’s he could not quite surpass Stewart’s 173 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1997, though he might have done if he had been a little more ambitious towards the end of an innings that somehow decelerated as time went by. Geoff Boycott had told him to cash in before the start of play and Bairstow duly obliged.

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