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June 6, 2017 Jos Buttler News
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Buttler raced his way to 61 off 48 not out with two boundaries and two maximums and took one catch and added a stumping with the gloves in Tuesday's Champions Trophy victory over New Zealand at Cardiff.
One of the best limited-overs batsmen, Buttler provided some excellent support to the middle-order, hitting his second unbeaten half-century in his past three innings to move England from four for 188 in the 34th over to 310 in the final over before they were all out. This was Buttler's 14th ODI half-century in 79 innings and he's now taken at least one catch in each of the five ODIs since mid-May.
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Fantasy AnalysisAfter a poor start to the series with the bat, scoring just seven runs in the opener at Leeds, Buttler showed just how good he can be with the bat at Southampton, recording his 13 ODI half-century to help England secure the series victory heading into the ICC Champions Trophy. More importantly for England is Buttler's work with the gloves, having now taken seven catches in the first two matches of the series after playing as a specialist batsman for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler smashed three fours and two sixes to help the Indians get to 2/47 before he was run out via a direct hit from Daredevils batsman Sanju Sampson. Only half of Buttler's balls faced were scoring shots, with five of the others dot balls from South Africa international Kagiso Rabada, who was playing his first IPL match, but he also hit him for two singles and one six. The English wicketkeeper has been in strong form for Mumbai in this edition of the tournament, as he's their second-highest run scorer so far with 213 runs behind Nitish Rana's 263. Buttler is currently 10th on the most runs list for IPL10.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler and fellow opener Parthiv Patel took it to Punjab in the Powerplay, securing at least 10 runs in each over and settling for 82 runs by its conclusion, despite the dismissal of Patel on the second-to-last ball. Continuing onward with the equally adept Nitish Rana, Buttler was a part of a second partnership of at least 80 runs during which both batsmen hit boundaries with regularity. Despite striking just one other score of 30-plus runs in six IPL matchups, Buttler pushed his way into ninth in terms of runs scored with 185, which he's cobbled together at a formidable 156.77 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler opened strongly for the Mumbai Indians, notching three apiece of fours and sixes to produce a healthy total of 38 before he was dismissed by an Imran Tahir LBW. Buttler's strike rate of 200 was at the higher end of his career range, in which he averages 147.54. After a narrow loss with one ball remaining, he heaped praise on his side's antagonist Steven Smith, calling him "the best batsman in the world."
Fantasy AnalysisButtler has hit a real valley of form of late, picking up his second duck in his last three internationals (two ODI's, one T20I). While the wicketkeeper-batsman is one of the most fearsome limited-overs batsmen in international cricket, coming in at 14 among ODI batsmen in the ICC rankings and 18 among T20 batsmen, with an in-form Johnny Bairstow waiting, Buttler may need to turn his form around quickly before facing replacement by his Test counterpart.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first Test innings in over a year Buttler contributed England's second-highest score after Johnny Bairstow's 89. The two wicketkeepers came together for a vital 69-run partnership, the highest of England's innings so far. The 26-year-old Lancashire man hit five boundaries before he smashed a catch to Virat Kohli at mid-off off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler has shown himself to be one of the top limited-overs batsmen for England; however, he’s been unable to transfer his success in ODI’s and T20 (both domestic and international) to his Test cricket. Having not played a Test since Oct. 2015, he showed good form against Bangladesh in the ODI series and looks primed to make his first appearance back with the Test squad starting Saturday at Mohali. However, he’s only played in one tune-up, scoring four runs in the only innings he batted in. He’s likely to replace the starlet Ben Duckett, who’s hit a trough of form, scoring just 18 runs in the first two matches of the series and has struggled with India’s spin-heavy attack.
Fantasy AnalysisThe acting skipper took offense to Bangladesh's celebrations, but should be more frustrated with his teammates' performance than the actions of his opponents. During the difficult series that's seen Bangladesh draw level with the Buttler-led English squad, Buttler has more than done his part, picking up half-centuries in both matches for 120 runs on the series to give him 12 in 80 matches. He'll look to carry them to a series victory in the final ODI of the series on Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first action since sustaining a broken thumb on Finals Day, Buttler acquitted himself nicely as the ODI wicketkeeper in three matches against Pakistan, taking five catches behind the stumps in three matches and hitting for 90 not out in the final match of the series. With Morgan withdrawing from this series, Buttler could establish himself as the new limited-overs skipper with a strong performance in the face of adversity.
Fantasy AnalysisKeeping can be fraught with danger at times, as Buttler learned Friday when the bottom edge of Ben Cox's bat struck him in the left hand. Buttler played in clear pain through the remainder of the game, yet he still managed to smash the fastest half-century for Lancashire, doing so in 20 balls. After undergoing an X-ray, he was diagnosed with a small stable fracture on the thumb, which is accompanied by an unknown timetable. The hope, though, is that Buttler recovers fully in time for the first ODI with Pakistan on Aug. 24.
Fantasy AnalysisEngland coach Trevor Bayliss spoke highly of Buttler following his success against Sri Lanka and suggested there was chance of him returning to the Test scene. However, he was not included in the squad for the forthcoming games due to a lack of red-ball cricket. This also means that Jonny Bairstow will retain the keeping gloves.
Fantasy AnalysisThe English wicketkeeper is coming off a half-century Saturday in the fifth ODI with Sri Lanka and continued his strong batting run. His partnership with Eoin Morgan netted England 114 runs and closed out the match in the 18th over. Buttler seems to have usurped Jonny Bairstow as the first-choice wicketkeeper, but the EWCB will determine Thursday whether he'll be recalled to the Test squad for England's series with Pakistan, which starts next Thursday at Lord's.
Fantasy AnalysisA 70-run contribution made Jos Buttler the English side's most efficient scorer among batsmen who faced at least 10 balls, as well as player of the match. The wicketkeeper racked up seven fours and a six while partnered with Joe Root, scoring his first 25 runs off 25 balls, then the next 25 off just 10. A well-placed yorker from Chaminda Bandara ended his tenure in the 48th over. In the second innings, Buttler ran out Kusal Mendis in the 14th and stumped Dasun Shanaka in the 28th.
Fantasy AnalysisThrough two of five Tests in the current series, Buttler has mixed brief stays in the crease with one decent performance, namely 27 off 34 in the first innings of the First Test. He scattered four catches throughout those matches as well, but his outings with the bat have been underwhelming, to say the least. Still, in 16 innings across 10 career Tests, he's averaged 40.92 at a 61.43 strike rate on the backs of five 50s, meaning an outburst is apt to occur in the coming weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisThe injury forced Buttler to miss the fifth and final ODI versus the Black Caps on Saturday, but the EWCB is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for the Ashes against Australia, which commences on July 8. In any case, he was replaced Saturday by Jonny Bairstow, who recorded two catches, one stumping, and a match-winning 83 off 60. While Buttler's replacement Tuesday hasn't been named, Bairstow is a great bet to be called upon for keeping duties yet again.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Joe Root burst forth with a century in the first half of the first innings, Buttler took the reins and one-upped his teammate, cruising to the second-fastest ODI ton for an Englishman. Reaching his hundred on 66 balls, Buttler sits only behind his 61-ball century last year against Sri Lanka. Along the way Tuesday, he managed a world-record seventh-wicket stand with Adil Rashid (177 in 17 overs), which aided his country's first score of 400-plus in an ODI. According to ESPN Cric Info, Buttler is one of three batsmen since May 1, 2014 to have accrued at least 800 runs in the format, with his strike rate ranking second to the imposing Proteas captain AB de Villiers.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler started the tournament slowly, posting 10 and two runs in the first two matches. He ramped up the pressure in the next three, though, averaging 64.00 at a toasty 150.58 strike rate. With his first World Cup behind him, the 24-year-old wicketkeeper will focus on England's Test Series in the West Indies, which begins on Apr. 13.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler sustained England's chase upon entering the crease at No. 7, notching 31 off six overs with Joe Root and 75 in 10.1 overs with Chris Woakes. However, in a moment of indecision in the 46th over, Buttler hit outside edge to keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, leaving England with 38 runs to pursue off 25 balls. Thereafter, Woakes attempted to coax the rest of the lower order to victory, but it was not to be. For the World Cup, Buttler has found form in the last three matches, averaging 64.00 at a sweltering 150.59 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler's entrance coincided with the end of the 98-run partnership between Joe Root and James Taylor at 45.3. However, Root lasted exactly one over before his own dismissal, placing the pressure on Buttler to finish England's innings on a strong note. Indeed, Buttler racked up 34 on his final 13 balls to ensure a daunting score for Sri Lanka to chase. Although he's posted one half-century in eight ODI innings this year, he'll take a 30.43 average and 90.25 strike rate into their next game on Mar. 9 versus Bangladesh.
Fantasy AnalysisButtler can be a destructive middle order batsman but was unlucky when he was brilliantly caught by Steve Smith at short cover, which will be a contender for catch of the World Cup. He didn't have a lot to do behind the stumps, as the run out of Aaron Finch was a direct hit, but Buttler did put down a difficult chance late in Australia's innings.