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Having burst onto the international scene with a blazing innings for England against India in Cardiff, Jonathan Liew, writing in The Telegraph, finds a player that seems to play better the less he thinks about the game.
At the age of 23, and with just four Test matches to his name, Johnny Bairstow has not been on the treadmill of international cricket for long enough to have been sedated by its unique rhythms. In person, as at the crease, there is a youthful simplicity to him. Unlike other batsmen who like to analyse and deconstruct their game in minute detail, as soon as Bairstow leaves at the end of a day's play, cricket is the last thing from his mind.
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