It was England’s turn to be blown away by the intimidating Gaylestorm in their opening fixture of the ICC World T20 in Mumbai. Gayle’s 48 ball knock of 100 ravaged the English bowlers apart and now Eoin Morgan’s boys have a task on their hands as they get ready to face another daunting outing – South Africa.
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler spoke about Gayle’s brilliance and said that he wasn’t taken aback by Gayle’s destructive abilities. “We came up against a great innings from someone who can do that,” said Buttler. “We weren’t the first side and we certainly won’t be the last, either. I think it highlights that you really have to be 100% on your game against someone who’s capable of that sort of innings, but we have to park that game. We know it’s gone now, and to advance in this tournament we need to focus all our energy on the next game.”
Against these top players you have to execute your skills,” he said. “You can have as many plans as you like, but if you can’t execute a skill to that plan then you’re stuffed anyway. If you need to be able to a yorker in front of thousands of people to one of the world’s best batters, then you’ve got to be able to do it or they’re going to hurt you like we saw last night,” he added.
Buttler said that England were simply at “par” with the bat, and should have done better. “With the bat we were probably par at best,” Buttler said. “I think probably in the first six overs, those two guys who have been so consistent in getting us off to good starts when they catch fire they could put on even more. And then again at the end, we finished the innings well. Myself or someone else could have had a couple of really big overs, and instead of getting a 30, we could have made it a 60 and taken us up to that 200 score.”