Jonny Bairstow downplayed his clash with Virat Kohli during England’s friendly against India on Sunday, saying it was “big madness” at Edgbaston.
It was another great day for the Yorkshire man in an English jersey who made 106 but India firmly took control of day four on Monday.
The Tourists are 125-3 in their second innings, leading by 257 carries and with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant looking good on Sunday.
India may be in control but Kohli was nervous during Bairstow’s fine innings after heated discussions with the Englishman before the referee stepped in.
Bairstow gave his side of the story at the end of the game, brushing off the dust as if they were just two passionate, competitive players enjoying the heat of battle.
“There was literally nothing to it,” the 32-year-old told Sky Sports. “We’re lucky to have played each other for over 10 years, we’ve had some fierce battles on the field and we’re very lucky to play out there.
“We are two very competitive people doing what we love on the field. That’s why we play the game. We have 11 guys on each side who want to do well for their country.
“It’s passion, that’s what you play for. There is literally nothing in it. It was great out there.”
After scoring 1’s and 16’s in the first test against New Zealand in June, Bairstow was under some pressure but has returned to his most spectacular form.
He has now scored hundreds in three consecutive Tests after hitting 136 at Trent Bridge against New Zealand and 162 at Headingley against the same opponent last month.
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