In the recent Southampton ODI against Pakistan, Jos Buttler played an explosive innings. Coming to bat at no.5 after the 35th over, Buttler slammed a 50-ball century which was the second fastest ODI century for an England batsman. He remained not out on 110 runs off 55 balls where he hit six fours and nine sixes. His dominating batting helped England to manage 373/3 (50 overs) in the first innings and later England won that match by 12 runs.
The top-order batsmen also played very well in that game. English openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow had the 115-run partnership in that game. Roy scored 87 runs off 98 balls while Bairstow played an impressive knock of 51 runs off 45 balls. Later, the no.3 batsman Joe Root scored 40 runs off 54 balls while the captain Eoin Morgan was not out on 71 runs off just 48 balls.
Although every batsman performed very well in that innings, Buttler outran those top-order performances.
He’s an extreme talent – Jason Roy about Jos Buttler
Roy highly praised the wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler for his impressive batting form. He also joked that Buttler’s batting is demoralising top-order batsmen’s effort as their innings are proving slower.
Roy told Sky Sports, “He’s as good as it gets to be honest. It’s not a shock, in fact it’s getting a bit kind of routine for him to come out and play those sort of innings. He’s almost demoralising the guys at the top of the order that are going at a run a ball and he comes in and just blitzes it.
“He’s an extreme talent and works hard for it and deserves everything he gets.”
Nasser Hussain spoke about Jos Buttler
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has also lauded Jos Buttler. He put him into the greatest ODI batsmen group along with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Viv Richards etc.
Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports, “I don’t like massive comments, but he’d have to be up there with the three or four greatest white-ball players of all time. You’re talking Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Viv Richards. I have to put Buttler in that category.”
I’m 100 per cent fit – Jason Roy
Jason Roy faced a back injury in last month. However, he has recently claimed that he is 100% fit for the upcoming challenges. The regular English ODI opener Roy is in the 15-member Team England squad for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
He said, “I’m 100 per cent fit. I spent six or seven weeks with my hamstring injury, fixing my torn hamstring. Then my back was quite a big issue but it was resolved by the great medical staff we have here. So I’m back fully, fully fit. I actually feel better than I did before.”
At present, England is busy to play the five-match home ODI series against Pakistan. After the second ODI of this series, England is leading this series by 1-0.
After completing this ODI series, England will be busy in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They will participate in this tournament as the host side (England and Wales). England will begin their World Cup journey on the opening day when they will face South Africa in the opening match of the tournament (at The Oval, London).