TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Jonny Bairstow achieves his best run of consecutive half centuries in Tests… as Alex Lees and Zak Crawley bring up the fastest opening-century stand in England’s history
- Jonny Bairstow has passed 50 in each of his last five Test innings – his best streak
- He has not been dismissed for fewer than 106 in this glorious run of form
- Jimmy Anderson has now completed 1,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches
- The 39-year-old is only the sixth player in Test history to achieve this treble
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were England’s saviours again as they dragged the hosts to 259-3 at stumps on day four against India.
England are facing a record chase of 378 runs and the duo’s partnership of 150 of 197 balls has got fans daring to dream.
Sportsmail‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH provides the big stats from Edgbaston.
Jonny Bairstow has now passed 50 in each of his last five Test innings – his best ever streak
Jonny Bairstow has now passed 50 in each of his last five Test innings – his best streak, beating four in a row against Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2016. In that time, he has not been dismissed for fewer than 106.
If England knock off the 378 they need for victory today, it will be their biggest ever successful run-chase, surpassing their 362 for nine (chasing 359) against Australia at Headingley three summers ago.
Alex Lees and Zak Crawley brought up the fastest opening-century stand in England’s history, from just 19.5 overs.
Zak Crawley and Alex Lees brought up the fastest opening-century stand in England’s history
England’s previous century partnership for the first wicket came in the previous Test of this series – between Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed at The Oval last September. That took 40.3 overs.
When Jimmy Anderson caught Shreyas Iyer, he became the sixth player in Test history to complete the treble of 1,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches – after Garry Sobers, Ian Botham, Carl Hooper, Shane Warne and Jacques Kallis.
When Rishabh Pant reverse-swept Jack Leach to slip for 57, it was the first time he had fallen between 51 and 91 in his Test career.