The fastest Test hundreds by England players from Bairstow to Botham

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Jonny Bairstow blasted England to victory with 136 from 92 deliveries including a 77-ball century on the final day of the LV = Insurance Test at Trent Bridge (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
Jonny Bairstow blasted England to victory with 136 from 92 deliveries including a 77-ball century on the final day of the LV = Insurance Test at Trent Bridge (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

Jonny Bairstow struck England’s second-fastest Test hundred during the thrilling five-wicket win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

The Yorkshireman blasted 136 from 92 balls, reaching his century off 77 deliveries, as England successfully chased 299 on the final day in Nottingham.

Here we take a look at the five fastest Test tons by England players.

Gilbert Laird Jessop – 76 balls v Australia in 1902

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(PA Graphics)

Jessop brought up his century in just 76 balls at the Oval during the 1902 Ashes. England, having already lost the series, ended on a high note with a one-wicket win as Jessop’s 104, which included 17 fours, helped his side chase 263.

Jonny Bairstow – 77 balls v New Zealand in 2022

Bairstow looked like beating Jessop’s record following a stunning blitz after tea on the final day at Trent Bridge. But two dot balls saw him bring up the milestone from 77 deliveries, with his remarkable 136 helping England secure a series-clinching win by five wickets.

Ben Stokes – 85 balls v New Zealand in 2015

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(PA Archive)

England’s current Test captain struck 101 from 92 balls, bringing up his century from just 85 as England beat New Zealand by 124 runs in the first Test at Lord’s. Stokes’ brutal innings included three sixes and 15 fours.

Ian Botham – 86 balls v Australia in 1981

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(PA Archive)

England were 1-0 down in the series after losing the first Test and drawing the second, but Botham’s unbeaten 149 from 148 deliveries, including an 86-ball ton, inspired his side to an 18-run win at Headingley, despite having to follow-on.

Ian Botham – 86 balls v Australia in 1981

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(PA Archive)

England won the fifth Test by 103 runs at Old Trafford as Botham bounced back from a first-innings golden duck to power 118 from 102 deliveries, reaching three figures again from 86 balls. His knock, which included six sixes and 13 fours, helped England take a 3-1 unassailable lead in the Ashes series.

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