JONNY Bairstow's half brother Andrew has praised the Bradford-born opener's "sheer hard work and determination" after he helped England to Cricket World Cup glory.

Flame-haired Jonny put in several brilliant performances with the bat, and he even became the first England batsman in World Cup history to score two successive centuries, with vital innings of 111 and 106 in must-win group games against India and New Zealand.

In the low scoring final against New Zealand, Jonny hit an important 36 as England won a thrilling tied game after a Super Over.

Andrew, who is 14 years older than Jonny, played a few first-class games for Derbyshire but admitted that he couldn't claim any credit when it came to Jonny's cricketing talent.

He laughed: "I take no credit, none whatsoever. I'm very proud of him winning the World Cup as it's a massive achievement, but he's done everything off his own back, through sheer hard work and determination.

"Sunday' was nerve-wracking but I thought England would win, needing 15 off the last over. Even with nine off three balls I was still confident.

"I certainly didn't think it would end how it did though."

Andrew, who played for 30 years in the Bradford League and scored over 12,000 runs, added: "Hopefully Jonny will catch up with us soon but he's so busy at the moment, as he's straight back into the Test Match side next week."

England's other World Cup winning Bradfordian, Adil Rashid, made a heroic return to BD9 on Tuesday night, swarmed by hundreds of fans outside his uncle's shop, Miss Pennys on Duckworth Lane.

Speaking to us at the event, his uncle Saleem Mohammed said: "Adil’s a really shy guy so this is nice for him.

"This is Adil’s community, he grew up on these streets.

"He still shops around here and we wanted all the kids in the community to get involved, rather than have a private party."

Close friend Amjad Hussain added: "Adil’s done good and his family love him.

"Back in the day his grandad was the one who taught him how to bowl.”

He laughed: "I can't believe that we've brought it home. Adil's helped us win the World Cup and us British Asians are right happy.

"We're having a good party later."

Meanwhile, leader of Bradford Council, Susan Hinchcliffe has confirmed that the council would like to organise an event for the pair of successful Bradfordians.

She said: "I have already spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and we are agreed that we would like to organise some kind of celebration for them on their return.

"This is being organised in conjunction with their families and we hope to have more news soon."

Meanwhile, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee, added: "It's a source of huge pride to have two of our own playing leading roles in our national success.

"They are both outstanding role models and I will be writing to them on behalf of the people of the district to put on record our thanks, congratulations and appreciation of their achievement."