England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is ruled out from the home series against Pakistan as he has broken his left thumb while playing for Lancashire in their NatWest T20 Blast win over Worcestershire.
In the 17th over of the match, Buttler was struck by a bottom edge from Ben Cox’s bat, leaving the 225-year-oldin pain for the remaining the Worcestershire’s innings.
But, the injury didn’t prevent Buttler to make a mark with a 20 ball half century which is the fastest in the history of Lancashire county.
Buttler opened the innings for England in their T20 international at Southampton on Tuesday, Buttler bludgeoned seven fours and four sixes in his 57 off 23 deliveries to inspire the defending champions to a seven-wicket win.
On Sunday, ECB gave a statement on their website on Sunday morning that read, “Lancashire and England’s Jos Buttler received a blow to his left thumb during Friday night’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.
“X-rays later revealed he sustained a small stable fracture which will be managed conservatively.”
Talking about Buttler’s innings, Giles added, “He played beautifully. To strike some of those balls that he did there, there’s not many, if any, in world cricket who can do that.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman was in extraordinary form during the recent T20 match between England and Sri Lanka.
Buttler’s innings was the continuation of the fine display for England in the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka.
He scored a finely poised 73 against Sri Lanka earlier this week which was his highest score. He also scored 93 and 70 in one-day series.
His ODI form gave him a Test berth. But he hasn’t played the red ball cricket since October, he was overlooked in favour of Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance.