Jonny Bairstow held Yorkshire together with a sparkling unbeaten 125 against Middlesex at Headingley yesterday - an inning which prompted club coach Jason Gillespie to state that he thought the wicketkeeper-batsman should be with the England side.
“He’s been a victim of circumstances. He must be very close,” he added.
Bairstow continued the phenomenal batting form which had brought him scores of 102, 59, 50 and 66 in his four previous Championship innings since returning to his county side.
He helped steer Yorkshirefrom 171-8 in reply to Middlesex’s first innings 212, to 229 all out. Middlesex were 127-4 in their second innings at close.
It was Bairstow’s tenth ton in first class matches for Yorkshire, one ahead of his late father David’s tally.