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Jonathan Bairstow


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"Enthusiastic beyond belief"

It is to cricket's great credit that Jonny Bairstow decided to follow in his father's footsteps and play the game professionally rather than either rugby or football. He was installed at the Leeds United football academy for seven years and could have made it. Instead he took up a place at Yorkshire and hasn't regretted the decision. His Test career has been up and down so far with the high of 95 against South Africa in 2012 and the low of being dropped for the final game of the 2013 Ashes. A useful wicket-keeper as well as middle order batsman, he has his work cut out to make the No.6 spot his own this winter. He doesn't need the gloves though to be good in the field, he has some of the safest hands in the game, and is both one of the fastest and fittest players in the game. In a series of tests and drills designed to work out which sport provided the best athletes, Bairstow beat both rugby and football players to come out on top. With a shock of ginger hair he is called 'Bluey' by team-mates like his dad former Yorkshire and England stumper David was, or 'Ron Weasley' of Harry Potter fame.

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