Jonny Bairstow targets more Lord's success after century against Sri Lanka

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Jonny Bairstow is prepared to get just a little bit greedy, after completing his significant piece of unfinished business at Lord's.

Four years ago, he fell just short of a maiden Test century against South Africa at the home of cricket.

That opportunity to put his name on the famous honours board slipped by in only his fifth innings at the highest level - and after settling the score on day one of the third Investec Test against Sri Lanka, he is hoping for more to come.

It took Bairstow 32 more Test innings and three-and-a-half years from that August 2012 disappointment against the Proteas before he reached three figures at this level for the first time, yet only six more knocks to add his second and third centuries.

More rewardingly still over the past three weeks, he has achieved the feat on his home ground at Headingley and now back at Lord's.

He was unbeaten on 107 out of 279 for six, with 85 too from Alastair Cook, after the England captain chose to bat first in pursuit of a 3-0 Investec Test series whitewash.

The 26-year-old was happy to reference his previous near miss when asked his thoughts on finishing the job this time - and set his sights on plenty more runs to come at HQ.

"Why didn't I do it four years ago, I think," he said.

"It was five runs that loomed over me for a few years, and many people had speculations about 'Can he, can't he - this, that and the other?'

"It's nice to kind of put the record straight a little bit and say 'Yep, I'm happy with the way I'm playing'.

"It was a pinch-yourself moment ... with goosebumps.

"It's been an amazing few weeks. I hope it can continue for many years."

Bairstow has been in prolific form for the past 12 months, and this summer his combined average for Yorkshire and England is close to three figures.

Asked if he was able to put his previous 95 out of his mind, when the milestone loomed again at HQ, he said: "Absolutely, in many ways, you can.

"But at the same time, there's always going to be memories - because I was so pleased with the way I played against South Africa.

"To go that one step further, and get a hundred in front of a packed house at Lord's in the first Test of the summer here is a very special feeling.

"To join an illustrious bunch on the (honours) board is maybe something that should have happened a few years ago.

"I hope now it's not the only time I can get on the board."

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