Opener Jonny Bairstow, who sizzled with 124 (112b, 11×4, 7×6) in the series-levelling win, observed that the team that hits the most number of boundaries wins the game. It’s a logic that works even in gully cricket.
“If you look at where the game is going around the world, whether in T20s or 50-overs, the team that hits the most boundaries generally wins the game,” said Bairstow.
Jonny Bairstow (AFP Photo)
“And if you’re hitting boundaries that are going for six rather than four, then the numbers are going to stack up slightly more,” he added.
England’s 10 more boundary shots fetching 52 runs was the difference between the two teams. “There’s 20 (sixes) today. That’s an extraordinary number in one game. If we can keep hitting boundaries, keep putting bowlers under pressure, they know if they miss their lengths, then that could go for a six,” he said.
“Executing won’t happen every single time and people will get out doing it, but everyone in the dressing room is backing the person out there in the middle. If they want to hit the ball for six, they believe in everyone’s ability,” Bairstow added.