Former England wicket-keeper David Bairstow would have been a proud father when his son, Jonathan, fondly known as 'Jonny', earned his first call-up to the national team in 2011, just two years after his entry in first-class cricket.
The wicketkeeper-batsman started young, playing for Yorkshire Under-15s and later representing England Under-17s. He went on to have a prolific season with Yorkshire's second eleven, before eventually making his first-class debut against Somerset in 2009. Impressive performances there saw him being picked in the Lions squad for their tour to the West Indies in early 2011. Later that year, he was included in England's ODI squad for their series against Ireland, with the selectors clearly grooming a specialist batsman for the future. But, he did not play there and debuted directly in the home series against India. His scintillating knock of 41 off 21 balls in the final ODI helped England complete a whitewash over India in the series, which they won 3-0.
Bairstow then traveled with the squad to India in the same year, hoping that he would be given another chance to play. Surely that happened, thanks to a hundred that he scored in their warm-up game against Hyderabad, which ultimately saw him replacing the experienced Ian Bell in the ODI side. The following year, he was given his Test cap in the home series against West Indies. However, Jonny showed signs of early maturity when he came out against a lethal South African pace attack in the Lord's Test and scored a gutsy 95, replacing Kevin Pietersen at the No.4 position. A fifty in the second innings stamped his authority in the middle order. Later in 2012, he was included in Yorkshire's T20 squad ahead of the Champions League T20 in South Africa but couldn't play due to an injury. Jonny Bairstow had his chances in England's 3-0 drubbing of Australia in the 2013 Ashes at home but he failed to make an impression and struggles to find a regular Test spot. Another Ashes opportunity came during England's 5-0 drubbing but couldn't manage to grab them with both hands. Bairstow faces stiff competition from the experienced Matt Prior and Jos Buttler.