‘Buttler should always be in the Test side’
Because of the failure in both wicket-keeping and batting, England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler had been under great pressure. He was instrumental in England’s victory in the fourth innings of the Manchester Test against Pakistan just a day ago.
Australia legend Shane Warne is fascinated by Butler’s style of play. According to him, Buttler should always be in England’s Test squad.
In the first Test, Butler led the way in a counter-attack by batting under intense pressure on Saturday. He made a great innings of 75 runs off 101 balls with seven fours and one six. Chasing a challenging run, England won by 3 wickets. On Sky Sports, Warne explained why he always wanted to see Butler in the Test team.
“He should always be in the side,” 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.
“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.”
Chasing 277 runs in the last innings, England lost 5 wickets for 117 runs. Buttler and Woakes then changed the whole scene. The pair made a partnership of 139 runs. Woakes remained unbeaten on 84 runs, even though Buttler was out.
Butler’s confident attitude to the wicket helped Woakes to the other end, said Warne, the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history.
“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’,” said 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.”