Jonny Bairstow scored an unbeaten 167  © Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow scored an unbeaten 167 © Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 167 against Sri Lanka in the third Test at Lord’s has propelled him to the top of list for the highest score by an England wicketkeeper at home. The previous highest score was 164 by Alec Stewart against South Africa at Manchester in 1998. Bairstow’s knock of 140 in the first match of the current series also features in the list, at No.4. Bairstow’s 167 came of just 251 balls, at an impressive strike rate of 66.53. His knock came at a time when the hosts were reeling, and the visitors were well on top. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

Bairstow’s 167 propelled England to 416 in their first innings against Sri Lanka. Having come to bat with score at 84 for 4, Bairstow formed brilliant 80-run partnership with skipper Alastair Cook, which took his side out of trouble. Bairstow then formed another good partnership with Moeen Ali which put England right back into the match. After the dismissal of Ali, Chris Woakes came to the crease, and had an outstanding 144 run-stand with Bairstow, which put the hosts on the front seat.

In their reply, Sri Lanka made a brilliant start, reaching 100 without losing a wicket. Karunaratne survived a close lbw call of Woakes, which was reviewed by the hosts. The ball was found to be hitting the stumps by less than 50%, which meant the not out decision stood, much to the disappointment of the hosts. But he was later removed by Finn as soon as he reached his fifty. Kusal Mendis came in as next.