Jonny Bairstow‘s sensational effort with the willow helped England recover after a shaky start on Day 1 of the ongoing first Testa against West Indies.

Bairstow came to bat when England were reeling at 48/4 with top-order featuring Alex Less (4), Zak Crawley (8), Joe Root (13) and Dan Lawrence (20) falling without contributing enough to the team’s score.

The Yorkshire batter then formed a crucial 67 runs partnership with all-rounder Ben Stokes for the fifth wicket to take the visitors out of hot waters. Stokes was cleaned up by Jayden Seales for a 95-ball 36, but Bairstow kept his end alive.

The right-handed batter built another vital stand of 99 runs with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes for the sixth wicket. Bairstow kept England in the game and smashed his career’s eighth Test century.

After his partnership with Foakes (42) was broken by Jason Holder, Bairstow (109 no) teamed up with Chris Woakes (24 no) to add unbeaten 54 runs for the seventh wicket as England finished Day 1 at 268/6 in 86 overs.

For the Windies, Holder (2/15), Seales (2/64) and Kemar Roach (2/71) all picked up a couple of wickets each.

“Feels amazing—amazing place to come and score a century. Especially here with the travelling fans who haven’t been able to come for a couple of years, we’re very fortunate to have them. It was really great fun playing over here. We’ve spoken about partnerships and how crucial it can be. Not just at the top of the order but all the way through. It’s really important we continue that tomorrow. Three big partnerships through the middle of the innings, and they were crucial,” said Bairstow after the end of the day’s play.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

From 57-4 to 268-6 at the close

A strong response after the morning session 💪

Match Centre:

🏝 #WIvENG 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 8, 2022

Class act @jbairstow21 .. Getting runs when your team needs them most is a trait all players crave for .. He does now across all the formats .. not many players say that these days .. #WIvsENG

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 8, 2022

Another magnificent hundred for Jonny Bairstow, his second in as many Tests. A smiley celebration this time.

— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) March 8, 2022

Day One ends with England on 268/6. #WIvENG #MenInMaroon

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— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 8, 2022

A brilliant eighth Test 💯 for Jonny Bairstow 🙌
#WTC23 | #WIvENG |

— ICC (@ICC) March 8, 2022

In the end a solid first day in Antigua. Unbelievable knock by Bluey.

As always great company @msmith850 @CRBrathwaite26 . Back again tomorrow @btsport @btsportcricket 🙌🏼

— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 8, 2022



— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 8, 2022

Back-to-back Test centuries for Bairstow 💯💯#WIvENG

— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) March 8, 2022

Yes @jbairstow21 – proper Test hundred that. And when his side really needed it 👏👏

— Tom Haylett (@TomJHaylett) March 8, 2022

Outstanding hundred @jbairstow21 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

— Alex Howarth (@beak_howarth) March 8, 2022

Batted @jbairstow21 Nicely done! #WIvENG

— Adam Williams (@adam_j_williams) March 8, 2022

@jbairstow21 take a bow. That’s 3 in 4 games I think. Batted.

— Dan Whiting (@TheMiddleStump) March 8, 2022

Well batted @jbairstow21 super knock!

— Robin Fisher (@Armball) March 8, 2022

Hundred by Jonny Bairstow in 190 balls. What a tremendous batting display by him, came in under pressure and delivered a masterclass against the West Indies.

— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 8, 2022

Credit where it’s due. Brilliant fight back from @englandcricket and what a knock from @jbairstow21 – more to come tomorrow hopefully

— Lee Elliott (@drcrelee) March 8, 2022

How to play a test match innings, brilliant by @jbairstow21 #WIvENG @btsportcricket @talkSPORT2

— Daniel Bohuslaw (@DanielWorker1) March 8, 2022

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