England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates Ashes Test century by head-butting helmet

England`s Jonny Bairstow celebrates reaching his century on day two of the third Ashes cricket Test match between Australia and England in Perth on 15 December 2017

Three overs later Malan was celebrating with a pull for four but the fireworks, as the shadows lengthened in Western Australia, came from Bairstow who carved the tired Australia attack apart as England surged to their highest score of the series to close on 305 for 4 in a telling reminder they may be down, but are far from out.

While neither cricketer rated the contact as malicious, the Australians sledged Bairstow about the headbutt during the Ashes opener in Brisbane.

The series had also not turned out to be a positive one for him, as the 28-year old had scored only 108 runs in four innings in the series so far.

Malan survived a review for lbw after being given not out, with replays showing Starc's delivery was missing leg stump.

It took Malan and Bairstow 27 balls to add to their overnight total, but they took to Australia's relief bowlers with a gusto.

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It was a welcome tonic for the 28-year-old, who has endured a controversial tour with a freakish head-butt incident involving Australian opener Cameron Bancroft at a Perth bar, and a war of words with the home side, on and off the field. In the first half hour, Bairstow completed his century and celebrated in style.

He bounded down the pitch, leapt in the air and after ripping off his helmet, he nudged his forehead against the crest a few times, leaving his team mates in fits of laughter in the dressing room.

Bairstow (119) and Dawid Malan (140) built on their fifth-wicket partnership at the WACA Friday before the hosts fought back.

So it was a surprise when Malan miscued Lyon and was caught brilliantly at backward point by a leaping substitute fielder Peter Handscomb.

Moeen Ali (0) lasted just two balls as he edged a Pat Cummins (2-84) bouncer to Steve Smith at slip, giving Australia a much-needed boost.

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