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Broad: Buttler is England's Best-Ever White Ball Cricketer

Broad: Buttler is England's Best-Ever White Ball Cricketer Photo: TT
England's Jos Buttler poses with his man of the match award after England's victory in the international Twenty20 cricket match between England and Australia at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been labeled as the country’s “best ever white ball cricketer” by teammate Stuart Broad after his starring role in Sunday’s T20 International win over Australia.

Buttler fired a match-winning 77no from 54 balls after opening the batting, to guide England to a six-wicket victory over Australia at Southampton’s Rose Bowl on Sunday.

Australia had produced some good late hitting to reach 7-157 after a shaky start but the hosts eased to the target with seven balls to spare.

Buttler, who turns 30 on Tuesday, made 44 in the opening T20I victory over Australia and his latest knock earned high praise from experienced England fast bowler Broad.

“England’s best ever white ball cricketer does it again,” Broad tweeted.

Buttler has played 142 One Day Internationals, making 3,843 runs at an average of 40.88 with nine centuries and 20 fifties.

He’s also played T20 Internationals, scoring 1,455 runs with a strike rate beyond 140 and average of 28.52.

The Somerset-born right-hander said he had enjoyed being deployed at the top of the order against Australia.

“It probably is my favourite position to bat in T20 cricket,” Buttler said.

“I’ve had most of my success in T20 at the top, but that’s natural - if you bat in the top three in T20, it’s the best place for everyone.

“We’ve probably got eight or nine guys who’d stick their hand up to bat in the top three; I’m very happy there, but I’m also very happy to do whatever the team needs of me.”

Buttler’s start to the white ball series has got the Aussies scratching their heads already, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc admitting they need a new plan against him.

“When you get someone striking the way he has for the last two games, it’s obviously powerful for T20 cricket in such a short format,” Starc said.

“We’ll have to chat as a group tomorrow.”

Ben somerford
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