Jonny Bairstow slammed his maiden Ashes ton on Friday    Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow slammed his maiden Ashes ton on Friday Getty Images

England were in a spot of bother at 131 for 4 on the opening day of the third Ashes Test. Nonetheless, a 237-run stand between centurions Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow propelled the score to 403. In the process, both batsmen registered their maiden Ashes ton. Bairstow’s century-celebration hogged limelight as the latter took a jibe at his infamous ‘headbutt incident’ during the series opener at Brisbane. Australia’s opener Cameron Bancroft was headbutted by Bairstow, and the incident apparently a light-hearted one was blown out of proportion.

“That is exactly how it should have been”

“It was a bit of light-hearted fun with everything that has gone on and that is exactly how it should be taken. The hundred in many ways was my favourite one, it meant a huge amount. I have played in a few Ashes series. Now to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.

You want to say to your kids that you made an Ashes hundred at the WACA away from home. It has eluded me until now and it was a whole heap of emotions that came running through,” stated Bairstow.

Bairstow had greeted Bancroft with a headbutt in a pub during the start of the tour. He had then defended the whole matter saying, “A headbutt, to me, is something that has malicious intent. I think that s the dictionary definition. And that s certainly not what happened between me and Cameron Bancroft when we met at the very start of the tour. The reality is that it was nothing. Our security were there and happy nothing happened. Sorry, if I had headbutted someone I think they would have known all about it and damage would have been done. How can I describe it? Boys being boys, I guess. But there was minimal contact, I can tell you that.”