World Cup 2019: I am doing nothing extraordinary, says Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow scored his second consecutive century at the World Cup, as England beat New Zealand by 119 runs to advance to the semifinals.

Jonny Bairstow won his second straight player of the match award on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

England's chances to reach the World Cup 2019 semifinals were in jeopardy as it lost two consecutive games to Sri Lanka and Australia. The host nation bounced back with convincing victories over India and New Zealand -- with Jonny Bairstow starring in both wins with scores of 111 and 106 -- sealing a spot in the final four.

Despite becoming the first England batsman to score back-to-back World Cup centuries, Bairstow does not think he is doing something extraordinary.

"Really pleased with my form, I am just doing what I'm supposed to do and nothing extraordinary. We knew these were must-win games, the performances in a couple of games hadn't been quite up to scratch. To play the way we have in the last two games and hopefully in the semis.. is pleasing," he said, in the post-match interview.

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Bairstow also spoke about his understanding with opening partner Jason Roy, who scored two consecutive half-centuries after returning to the side from injury.

"I think batting with Jason (Roy) for a period of time helps. You understand each other's games and moods."

Bairstow also said he was very happy with how his side reacted to a must-win situation and hopes the team can carry forward the form into the knockout stage.

"You got to just react to whatever is thrown in front of you. We applied ourselves pretty well. We knew it was a must-win game and New Zealand is a class side, so we needed to put in a performance today, and we're pleased to do that after a tough few weeks."

"It's going to be important for us to go away and refresh. There is bound to be a bit of soreness, especially after two gruelling games. So, a couple of days off, a few days to get away and rest up before the semis. Hopefully we will put in good enough performances in the remaining two games and hopefully win them," he said.

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