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Jonny Bairstow’s wretched time behind the stumps took a turn when he hauled in a stunning catch to dismiss the dangerous Mitchell Marsh on day one of the Old Trafford Ashes Test.

The 33-year-old, who has been entrusted with the wicketkeeping duties in place of full-time gloveman Ben Foakes, has endured a tough series behind the stumps, with as many as five catches put down along with one missed stumping chance.

But Bairstow had a moment to savour after tea on the opening day in Manchester, holding onto a one-handed screamer to remove the set Marsh for 51.

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Chris Woakes, the pick of the England bowlers in the first innings, found Marsh’s outside edge with a gorgeous outswinger. With the ball still moving behind the wicket, Bairstow stuck out the right hand, taking the one-handed catch close to the ground.

“My word, when you’re a man under pressure that is one way to silence your critics,” former England bowler Isa Guha continued on BBC Test Match Special.

Former Test spinner Phil Tufnell added: “What a catch. What a wicket. I don‘t think Bairstow can believe it either.”

The catch to remove Marsh, who was starting to take the game away from England and wrestle momentum back into Australia’s favour, could prove decisive as the match unfolds.

“That diving catch from Jonny Bairstow was a huge moment in the context of this day, but it feels like it could also be huge for Bairstow as he moves through the rest of this Test,” Sky Sports journalist Megan Wellens said.

“He has shown a moment of brilliance and can now probably breathe a sigh of relief after all the question about his glovework.

“That isn‘t saying the problems from the other Test matches don’t matter, but he may now find some confidence that will help him both behind the wicket and in a crucial innings when England step up to bat.”

Bairstow took three catches on Wednesday as England restricted Australia to 8-299 at stumps.

Chris Woakes of England congratulates Jonny Bairstow of England. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
Chris Woakes of England congratulates Jonny Bairstow of England. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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