Jonny Bairstow 'hard done by' and has shown 'folly' of England selection
Jonny Bairstow 's brilliant century in Sydney was the latest indicator that he has been underused and underappreciated by team selectors in the past, according to David Lloyd.
'Bumble' believes Bairstow has been "hard done by" in his international Test career, and that he should have been given more chances higher up the order for England.
Indeed he was the toast of the tourists in Sydney on Friday, as he gave his side some genuine hope that they might be able to avoid an Ashes whitewash after all.
His side was in all sorts of trouble, sat at 36-4 and having endured a long period without being able to score a single run as the Australians piled on the pressure.
But Ben Stokes played through obvious injury to battle to 66 before he was eventually removed.
Mark Wood entertained everyone at the Sydney Cricket Ground and beyond by slogging 39 off 41.
And Bairstow had the best day of all, hitting the first century of any England player in this entire series and staying at the crease for the end of the day's play so he can have the chance of adding to it on Saturday.
The three of them have not only helped England actually threaten to post a decent score in their first innings, but also put their side in a good position to draw the fourth Test and prevent a complete hammering Down Under.
Writing for the Daily Mail, England legend Lloyd felt it was yet more proof that Bairstow's abilities have not been fully taken advantage of by team selectors.
"We have said time and again Jonny Bairstow has been hard done by and he showed the folly of much of England's selection again at the SCG," he said.
"He's got seven Test hundreds now and this one was made in the toughest of conditions. It was a truly wonderful innings."
The success Bairstow and Wood in particular had off producing a more aggressive batting style at times was a major factor in the scores they managed to post.
In particular, the number of times they slogged spinner Nathan Lyon to the boundary made Bumble wonder why that hasn't been the tactic all along for England's batters.
"It's taken until the third day of the fourth Test on an indifferent pitch for England to find the right way to play Nathan Lyon," Lloyd continued.
"He's gone for 71 in 12 overs with no maidens!
"They should have attacked him from day one, just as Australia did Jack Leach in Brisbane."