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Jonny Bairstow transformed from the butt of Ashes jokes into a series centurion | Ali Martin


In the city where his bizarre first contact with Cameron Bancroft occurred, the England keeper used his head to score a ton and earn the Waca’s acclaim

From being the butt of the jokes in Brisbane to slamming his head against his helmet three times in celebration, Jonny Bairstow’s hundred on the second day at the Waca was not just his finest Ashes moment to date but a touch of catharsis for England’s wicketkeeper.

Every century has meaning for Bairstow. The look to the sky – though not quite clear blue in this instance due to some morning haze – is a recurring and well understood feature of his celebrations. But after sending these thoughts upstairs here, the 28-year-old also allowed himself an extra little nod to the incident that had previously defined his current tour.

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