Bairstow’s moment of madness – ESPNcricinfo | Cricket Bats | England

Jonny Bairstow had been given an early life before he had scored, BJ Watling failing to gather an edge down the leg side, but had then settled to form a solid partnership with Ben Stokes. With the new ball approaching, legspinner Todd Astle was given his first bowl of the match. Until then, Astle’s one Test wicket had come on November 29, 2012. Then, this happened

70.2 Astle to Bairstow, no run, Boult has put down a sitter. Oh that is terrible cricket. Just awful from everyone involved. Astle drops it halfway down the pitch, Bairstow looks to pull and lobs it straight to Boult at mid-on who grabs at it like he hasn’t seen it at all. It’s a straightforward take, waist height, no real pace on it. Something’s gone wrong with the sight there.

72.4 Astle to Bairstow, OUT, can you believe it?! Bairstow has played another pull with no control, and this time he’s found Williamson at short midwicket. Another long-hop from Astle, draws a loose shot. This one is turning away a little more than the previous one and he drags it a long way. Williamson leaps high to his right and hangs on.

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