Warne: Buttler should always play

Shane Warne

Cricket Expert & Columnist

“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'”

Last Updated: 09/08/20 12:34pm

Jos Buttler hit 75 as England recovered from 117-5 to chase down 277 in first Test win over Pakistan
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.

Buttler’s place in the England side had been called into question after making a number of wicketkeeping errors in the first #raisethebat Test and having only scored one Test ton in his 45 caps, back in 2018.

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But Buttler’s counter-attacking innings on Saturday, striking seven boundaries and one six in his 101-ball knock, is precisely why Warne would have him as one of the first names on the team sheet.

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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
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,” 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.

“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.”

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England’s Jos Buttler says his wicketkeeping must improve after his errors against Pakistan but was delighted with his starring role with the bat
England’s Jos Buttler says his wicketkeeping must improve after his errors against Pakistan but was delighted with his starring role with the bat

Warne also believe Buttler’s confident attitude at the crease helped rub off 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.

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Man of the Match, Chris Woakes, reflected on his unbeaten 84 and four wickets in the game as England beat Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford
Man of the Match, Chris Woakes, reflected on his unbeaten 84 and four wickets in the game as England beat Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford

“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.”

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England captain Joe Root hailed his team’s character after their superb win over Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford
England captain Joe Root hailed his team’s character after their superb win over Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford

Echoing Warne’s comments, Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain believes England’s pursuit of Pakistan’s 277-runs target helped Buttler treat it like a one-day game, in which he averages over 40 and has nine hundreds 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.

“That game was not won [for Pakistan] until they got Buttler out and, by the time they did, it was done and dusted.”

Watch the second #raisethebat Test between England and Pakistan, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Thursday.

Source : Sky Sports