Former Australian legend, Shane Warne has said that Jos Buttler should have a permanent place in England’s test team squad. Jos Buttler hit 75 as England recovered from 117-5 to chase down 277 in first Test win over Pakistan. Shane Warne says Jos Buttler should “always” be picked in England’s Test team after his superb innings of 75 helped England chase 277 to clinch a memorable win over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford.
Jos Buttler’s place in the England side had been questioned after making a number of wicket-keeping errors in the first Test and having only scored one Test ton in his 45 caps, back in 2018.
Shane Warne: Jos Buttler exceptional with the bat, can have a poor day with the gloves
“What really impressed me with Jos Buttler was the way he went about it, he trusted himself, said ‘I’m the man, I’m going to get this done'”
But Jos Buttler’s counter-attacking innings on Saturday, striking seven boundaries and one six in his 101-ball knock, is precisely one of the reasons why Shane Warne would have him as one of the first names on the team sheet.
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler rallied England from 117-5 as the hosts pulled off a famous win over Pakistan on day four of the first Test
“He should always be in the side,” Shane Warne told Sky Sports. “Jos is a very good and reliable keeper but, occasionally, you’re going to have a few bad days – it wasn’t easy out there, either. But Jos should always be in your side because of what he’s capable of, with the bat especially,” Warne added
“And then his keeping, he’s a good leader among the team as well – there’s a calmness about him – he’s the whole package. He’s always one of the first pencilled in for me,” Shane Warne further said.
Shane Warne is happy for both Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler
England’s Jos Buttler says his wicketkeeping must improve after his errors against Pakistan, but was delighted with his role with the bat. Shane Warne believed that Jos Buttler’s confident attitude at the crease helped to ease pressure on Chris Woakes, who struck a match-winning unbeaten 84 after having averaged only 5.22 in his last six Tests with the bat.
“What really impressed me with Buttler was the way he went about it, he trusted himself, said ‘I’m the man, I’m going to get this done’,” added Warne.
“He just played beautifully; and that helped Woakes at the other end, who had been struggling for form, but came in and played extremely well. I’m very happy for Woakes and, in particular, Buttler. It was a fantastic chase, against a quality attack, on a good pitch. It’s a special win and one the players will be very proud of. The best thing I saw from England is it was a real ‘character’ win,” he added.
Echoing Warne’s comments, Sky Sports’ commentator Nasser Hussain believes England’s pursuit of Pakistan’s 277-runs target helped Jos Buttler treat it like a one-day international match, in which format he averages over 40 apart from his nine hundred for England.
“We discussed how England should go about it, and it was all about tempo,” said Hussain. “It helped Jos that he had to almost go into one-day mode.
“We’ve seen some of his great one-day innings’, like the one he played here [at Old Trafford] against Australia, when he goes into one-day mode he is unstoppable.”
Jos Buttler and Man of the Match Chris Woakes stitched a sixth-wicket partnership of 139 runs and England won despite conceding the first-innings lead to Pakistan. Pakistan had scored 326 in the first essay, while England fell short and was all out for 219. But England pacers bounced back and bundled Pakistan for 169 before chasing 277 successfully and eventually winning by three wickets.