Bairstow wins young cricketer award
England’s newest recruit Jonny Bairstow has been named as the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year for 2011.
The 21-year-old received the prestigious award at the club’s 65th anniversary lunch at Lord’s, just three days after his scintillating England debut against India in Cardiff.
The Yorkshire batsman, whose late father David represented his country in four Tests and 21 one-day internationals, struck a memorable 41 not out from only 21 balls on Friday night to help Ravi Bopara carry England to victory and a 3-0 NatWest Series success.
For Bairstow, it was the culmination of a season in which he scored 1,213 first-class runs at 48.52 for Yorkshire and the England Lions - converting his maiden century against Nottinghamshire in May, the first of three this summer, into 205. He also took 46 catches, mostly as Yorkshire wicketkeeper.
To win the award, judged by the cricket press, Bairstow received nearly double the votes of the runner-up, Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.
There was also significant support, among a notably high number of 13 candidates, for Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs and Leicestershire batsman and 2009 winner James Taylor.
Bairstow is the ninth Yorkshireman to win the award, following Fred Trueman (1952), Phil Sharpe (1962), Geoff Boycott (1963), Chris Old (1970), Ashley Metcalfe (joint winner, 1986), Richard Blakey (1987), Chris Silverwood (1996) and Adil Rashid (2007).
This is the 62nd year in which the award, restricted to England-qualified players under the age of 23 on May 1, has been presented.
Since 1950, the winners have amassed more than 2,100 Test caps, and only 11 have not played at that level for England - including Andrew Symonds, who subsequently won 26 caps for Australia and was also a World Cup winner.