Bairstow scores century as England show fight in Sydney
Published: 09:19 PM, 7 January 2022 Updated: 09:24 PM, 7 January 2022
Jonny Bairstow scored a gutsy century as England's batters finally showed some fight against Australia on day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.
Bairstow's well-crafted, unbeaten 103 and his 128-run stand with Ben Stokes rescued England after they slipped to 36-4.
Stokes, visibly struggling with a left side injury, made 66, while Mark Wood clubbed an entertaining 39 from 41 balls in a 72-run stand with Bairstow.
Scott Boland took 2-25 as England closed on 258-7, trailing by 158.
Play had been delayed by two hours because of persistent rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and England made an poor start when the match resumed.
They lost three wickets in 53 balls and could not find a run before Bairstow and Stokes injected some much-needed impetus into the innings.
The two were able to dominate Australia's bowlers in a way that England have failed to do throughout the series.
Australia dropped three catches and have an injury concern over Boland, who was taken for a scan after falling in his follow-through in the afternoon session.
While England are still a long way behind in the match, the fight they showed will have been encouraging for the beleaguered dressing room.