Bairstow, son of former England and Yorkshire wicketkeeper David Bairstow, is a powerful batsman and improving gloveman possessing plenty of determination.
Bairstow junior was named as schools cricketer of the year in 2008 after averaging 218 for St Peter's School in York.
He enjoyed a successful 2008 season at Yorkshire, adding to his academy performances by scoring 308 runs in the Second XI Championship at an average of 62. This included 139 not out against Worcestershire at Headingley.
His fine form led to him being selected in the squad for the last LV= County Championship game of the season, against Sussex, as cover for Anthony McGrath.
He did not get the chance to play in the game but signed a three-year contract as a junior professional next month.
Bairstow established himself in the first team during 2009, keeping wicket when required, and kicked on with the bat the following season.
He fell just short of 1,000 championship runs in 2010 as Yorkshire narrowly missed out on the Division One title, but he was consoled with a place in the England Performance Programme squad that winter.
Bairstow continued his fine form in 2011, particularly in championship cricket, although his 1,015 runs could not save the White Rose from relegation. That tally included his maiden first-class hundred which he turned into 205 versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Having appeared for England Lions against Sri Lanka A that summer, Bairstow made a big impression on his senior debut with a match-winning 41 not out from 21 balls in a one-day international versus India at Cardiff.
His Twenty20 international bow followed a week later versus West Indies at the Kia Oval and he played in all of England’s limited-overs games on their tour of India the following month.
Bairstow continued to show his ability on the international stage in 2012, hitting an unbeaten 60 in England's 38-run T20 victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, and was named in England's Performance Squad for the first time.
He went on to make his Test debut against West Indies in May, yet struggled to show his best form.
Redemption was to come, however, as Bairstow came back into the XI for the final Test against South Africa and subsequently struck 95 and 54 - though England still lost the rubber 2-0.
A frustrating winter ensued as he toured with England yet did not receive the hoped game time, although the Yorkshireman did establish himself in the Test XI during the summer series against New Zealand and featured in four Investec Ashes Tests.