England vs CWI President’s XI: Jonny Bairstow hits 98 as tourists make 379
Jonny Bairstow scored 98 from 112 balls at Three Ws Oval. © Getty

Jonny Bairstow missed a century by two runs on day one of England’s second warm-up match against the Cricket West Indies President’s XI at Three Ws Oval, while Rory Burns registered his best score in an England jersey as the tourists made 379 on Thursday.

Bairstow, batting at No 3, made 98 off 112 deliveries with 12 fours and a couple of sixes to underline his drive to succeed in the unfamiliar role he stepped into for England’s previous Test match in Sri Lanka last year. In November, having missed one Test due to injury and the second after his replacement Ben Foakes scored an emphatic hundred on debut, Bairstow was batted at No 3 in the dead rubber Test at the SSC and scored 110 as England achieved a landmark 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka.

“I look back on that last hundred and am very, very proud to be honest with you,” Bairstow told Sky Sports after his 98. “Yes, there are going to be challenges along the way batting at three. By no means have I given up keeping wicket – that’s still in the background. I’m still working really hard on that because we know how quickly things change. (ALSO READ: Third Test hat-trick a goal for Stuart Broad after 19-wicket day)

“It is different [batting at three]; it will be a case of ‘let’s learn and see how we go with it’ because I’ve not done that for a little while. It’s similar to the one-day stuff; you can take it for what it is and look at it in different ways. But at the end of the day you’ve got to look at it for what it is – it’s a fantastic opportunity to go out and learn new skills in many ways because batting at three is a lot different to batting at six and seven – and embrace that and enjoy that challenge.” (ALSO READ: Rory Burns chasing breakthrough Test innings)

Burns, who played all three Tests in Sri Lanka with a best of 59, faced 89 balls for his 68. His opening partner Keaton Jennings made 7, Jos Buttler got 3 and Moeen Ali 6. Joe Denly, the spare batsman on tour, was bowled by Chemar Holder for 12.

However, the lower order of Sam Curran (47), Chris Woakes (43) and Adil Rashid (48) chipped in with valuable contributions.

The first two-day warm-up match ended with the CWI President’s XI lost 19 wickets in a day, with Stuart Broad claiming a hat-trick.

The first Test starts January 23 at Bridgetown.