On this day in Yorkshire a star was born in Bradford. His name was Jonathan Marc Bairstow. Cricket was always in his blood, as his father David had played for both the White Rose and England as a wicket keeper. His son would follow in his footsteps. In 2007 he first gained recognition in school’s cricket,when he won the “Wisden Young player of the year” award for his 624 runs scored for St Peter’s school in York.
He made his debut for Yorkshire in 2009, after scoring a double century for the second XI and cemented his place in the team in the following season. In 2011 was the only Yorkshireman to score over 1,000 runs in a season as a wicket-keeper batsman. This form brought him to the attention of the England selectors and he made his debut in the ODI series against India in 2011 and then a call up to the 2012 series against the West Indies, where he made his test debut at Lords.
Bairstow has been a regular fixture in the England set-up ever since in all formats of the game and is so far the incumbent wicketkeeper batsman in the test side.
In the process (and when allowed to) he has helped Yorkshire to two consecutive County Championship titles.
Happy birthday Jonny!