Jos Buttler has been a rising force behind the dominance of the “new” England side. Under the coaching of Trevor Bayliss, England have struck a deep chord with aggression and raw talent. Buttler has been a vital component of the new England setup and in no time, he has emerged as England’s biggest match winner in ODI’s.
The wicketkeeper had a stellar outing against South Africa in the first ODI and struck a swashbuckling ton. The destructive keeper though, admitted that he was very nervous before the game. Buttler had been promoted to number four and that definitely was a great move.
“I was really nervous,” Buttler said. “Usually, I feel quite calm having played a few games with the experience. But I was really nervous when I got out there and I think that nervous energy showed in my innings. At times, I was trying to tell myself to hit the ball along the floor and take my time and then I’d play a big shot without really realising it. I think it was just the nerves that was making that happen. When your first big shots come off, I think that really settles you down and you immerse yourself in the game and the situation.”
“I haven’t played for a while,” he added. “I finished well in Dubai but that is a long time ago and you’re never sure if you can carry form forward. I’ve batted a lot in the nets but being in the middle is a completely different kettle of fish,” Buttler added.
“It gives us huge confidence to score nearly 400,” Buttler. “This group of players, we’ve been challenging ourselves and pushing ourselves for a number of months. At times, we’ll get it wrong and probably be all out for 280 in 40 over. “But today is another great step forward for everyone to start this way in a series overseas against a very good team. It’s brilliant, and we’ll take this confidence forward. It’s a shame the weather intervened, in what looked like it was going to be a really close match,” he added.
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