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Bairstow blossoms at Arundel

— 18 June 2014

Jonny Bairstow admitted to being tired but delighted at his all-round performance as Yorkshire pressed for victory against Sussex on the third day at Arundel.

“I’ve very pleased although it’s obviously quite tiring, but at the same time that’s the nature of the job that I’ve got,” he said. “It’s good to be tired, it’s something I’ve wanted for quite a while.

“It’s nice to spend a lot of time out in the middle, both with my keeping getting the catches and then a lot of time in the middle with the bat as well. “

He also had great sympathy for Jack Leaning, who fell for 99 just short of his maiden championship century after James Tredwell pulled off an outstanding one-handed reflex return catch.

“Jack played outstandingly well, but fell one short and it was only because of an outstanding catch – I think Tredders is the only one in the country off his own bowling that would ever catch that!,” said Bairstow.

“I’m absolutely delighted I’ve scored the runs that I have. It’s been just around the corner, I haven’t been fighting myself with anything too drastic or anything like that, I’ve just been trying to keep things as simple as I can.”

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