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Bairstow wins increment contract

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The ECB today announced that Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been awarded an England increment contract for 2011-12.

Bairstow qualified for the award by virtue of having played in the first Investec Test against West Indies at Lord’s after previously featuring in five one-day internationals and four Twenty20s since September 30 2011.

Non-contracted players can earn an England increment contract via a points system. Five points are awarded for a Test appearance and two for an ODI or T20, with an contract being awarded automatically once the player reaches 20 during the 12-month period.

The ECB’s national selector Geoff Miller said: "This award reflects the contribution Jonny has made both to the limited-overs squads and more recently to the Test team and we congratulate him on his achievement."