"I came in, I brought the gloves with me and sent him a message saying: 'I'm here'," Jones recounted. "He came out two minutes later, and we had a good half an hour together which was wonderful. He was quite emotional to receive the gloves. It was really lovely." Bairstow said the fantastic gesture meant a lot to him.
An Australian kept a pair of Jonny Bairstow's dad's gloves in a box at home for 39 years. Until today. https://t.co/rciL0fh4Gm— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) December 4, 2017
"It's something that is always very special. I've been fortunate enough to go all over the world, and all over the world people have some fond stories of dad," he told the broadcaster. Bairstow has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons over a head-butting incident with Australia Test opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar early on England's tour. He insisted there was no malice intended and it had been blown out of proportion. As a result of the distraction caused by the incident, the England team were placed on a midnight curfew for the rest of the tour.
If you missed our story earlier, Andrew Johns had an old pair of wicket keeping gloves in a box in the shed signed by David Bairstow from 1988/89. This morning he returned them to England keeper Jonny: https://t.co/m6MJhWjXHc pic.twitter.com/8X6C9Os96I— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) December 4, 2017