Ashes 2017: England centurion Jonny Bairstow downplays his headbutt celebration after reaching milestone

Bairstow took off his helmet and knocked it against his head several times after he reached three figures in Perth to bolster England's first innings of 403.

AFP, December 15, 2017

Perth: England's Jonny Bairstow played down his "light-hearted" celebration on Friday after he welcomed his Ashes century by mimicking a headbutt — a reference to a controversy which threatened to overshadow his series.

Bairstow took off his helmet and knocked it against his head several times after he reached three figures in Perth to bolster England's first innings of 403.

The 28-year-old, who scored 119, found himself in the firing line earlier in the series after it came to light that he had greeted Australia's Cameron Bancroft by bumping heads in a Perth bar.

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates scoring 100 runs against Australia during the second day of their Ashes cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates scoring 100 runs against Australia during the second day of their Ashes cricket test. AP match in Perth, Australia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

"It was a bit of light-hearted fun with everything that has gone on and that is exactly how it should be taken," he said, referring to Friday's celebration.

Bairstow was left beaming by his first Ashes century, which came at a vital time as England fight to stay in the series after losing the first two Tests.

"The hundred in many ways was my favourite one, it meant a huge amount," he said.

"I have played in a few Ashes series. Now to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.

"You want to say to your kids that you made an Ashes hundred at the WACA away from home.

"It has eluded me until now and it was a whole heap of emotions that came running through."

England collapsed to lose their last six wickets for 35 runs before lunch. Australia were 203 for three at the close on day two.

Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
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1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111