Full name Joseph Charles Buttler
Born September 8, 1990, Taunton, Somerset
Current age 28 years 161 days
Major teams England, Comilla Victorians, England Lions, England Under-19s, Lancashire, Melbourne Renegades, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI, Sydney Thunder
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||England v India at Southampton, Jul 27-31, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at Gros Islet, Feb 9-12, 2019 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Feb 21, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Oct 23, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v India at Manchester, Aug 31, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Oct 27, 2018 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton, Sep 9-12, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies v England at Gros Islet, Feb 9-12, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton, Sep 13, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Oct 23, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||New South Wales v Somerset at Hyderabad (Deccan), Oct 18, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat at Sydney, Jan 8, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|67, 56||England||v West Indies||Gros Islet||9 Feb 2019||Test # 2346|
|1, 24||England||v West Indies||North Sound||31 Jan 2019||Test # 2344|
|4, 26||England||v West Indies||Bridgetown||23 Jan 2019||Test # 2342|
|3||England||v WICB XI||Cave Hill||17 Jan 2019||Other|
|-||England||v WICB XI||Cave Hill||15 Jan 2019||Other|
|0c/0s, 5||Syd Thunder||v Heat||Sydney||8 Jan 2019||T20|
|18, 0c/0s||Syd Thunder||v Melb Stars||Carrara||5 Jan 2019||T20|
|55, 0c/0s||Syd Thunder||v Scorchers||Sydney||2 Jan 2019||T20|
|0c/0s, 23||Syd Thunder||v Strikers||Adelaide||31 Dec 2018||T20|
|89, 0c/0s||Syd Thunder||v Hurricanes||Hobart||28 Dec 2018||T20|
England have had many players down the ages who have gained world acclaim, but Jos Buttler is arguably their first global Twenty20 superstar. Buttler has helped bring England's limited-overs batting into the 21st century, his impact on the one-day and T20 sides extraordinary. In an 18-month period from mid-2014, he scored what at the time were England's three fastest one-day hundreds - thrilling innings against Sri Lanka at Lord's, New Zealand at Edgbaston and, topping the list, a 46-ball onslaught against Pakistan in Dubai. He has also shone at the IPL, whilst also reigniting his Test career after a surprise recall by new national selector Ed Smith.
Softly-spoken and unassuming, with supple hands and a great eye, Buttler kills opposing attacks with kindness, with a graceful flip shot for six over long-on and the occasional resort to a nerveless ramp shot over the wicketkeeper among his most eye-catching shots in an inventive repertoire. Like his captain, Eoin Morgan, his unflustered response to even the most daunting run chase is one of his greatest assets, his steely resolve hidden beneath a benign exterior. Such was his impact for Mumbai Indians in his first appearance in IPL in 2016, capable of mayhem late in the innings, that for a young cricket follower in India with only Twenty20 in their heart, it was possible to imagine that England had rarely, if ever, produced a player of such star quality.
Buttler was in the crowd at Taunton as a young spectator during the 1999 World Cup when India's Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid thrashed what was then the highest partnership in ODI cricket. He was hooked. Somerset gained special permission from the ECB to add him to their Academy at 12, two years early, and he came to prominence as a 19-year-old in the 2010 season for Somerset, especially in the one-day arena where his clear-minded and quick-footed aggressive batting helped him to 440 CB40 runs at 55.00. He made his first-class debut against Lancashire at Taunton in 2009 and became a regular in the County Championship from May 2010 - playing a part in Somerset's title challenge that season. He combined in particularly potent fashion with Kieron Pollard in Somerset's run to Twenty20 Finals Day in both 2010 and 2011, and impressed in the 2011 CB40 final, making 86 from 72 balls in Somerset's defeat to Surrey.
He made his international debut in late 2011 and became a fixture of England's T20 side. A first ODI appearance came against Pakistan in the UAE during the winter, though he had to wait almost a year for his second cap, this time as wicketkeeper. When Ashley Giles took over as limited-overs coach one of his first key decision was to ditch Craig Kieswetter for Buttler on a tour of India. With Kieswetter still preferred as Somerset's gloveman, it was that rivalry that caused Buttler to leave his beloved West Country and switch to Lancashire for the 2014 season. Lancashire saw him for 10 Championship matches, but it was soon apparent he would be making only fleeting visits in the future.
England looked to him for impetus and increasingly he delivered, striking 99 against West Indies at North Sound and kicking off the 2014 ODI summer with a first hundred against Sri Lanka at Lord's as he led a failed run chase virtually single-handed. When Matt Prior became stricken by Achilles trouble - what proved to be a career-ending injury - the selectors gambled by throwing Buttler into the Test team. He scored five half-centuries in his first eight Tests, including 85 on debut against India at the Ageas Bowl, but his form faltered and he lost the gloves to Jonny Bairstow on England's tour of the UAE in 2015-16, during a period where his keeping started to make necessary improvements but his batting slip away.
There were no such doubts about his place in the white-ball teams. His seniority was recognised when he was named Morgan's vice-captain for the 2015 World Cup and, although that tournament was an unhappy one for England, Buttler was a key member of the side that reached the final of the World T20 a year later. His dynamic batting was emblematic of England's one-day reinvention under Morgan, though he also began to demonstrate increased range to his game - when he led England to an extraordinary one-wicket win over Australia at Old Trafford in 2018, his unbeaten 110 from 122 balls was by far the slowest hundred of his career.
Amid increasing demand on the T20 circuit, which included spells in the Bangladesh Premier League and Australia's Big Bash, Buttler's Test star seemed to be waning. He was briefly recalled in India in 2016-17 but then spent more than a year on the fringes, and was even overlooked as Bairstow's back-up during the following winter's Ashes tour. However, his stellar form for Rajashtan Royals in the 2018 IPL - he equalled the league record for consecutive fifties - prompted Smith to pick up the phone. Impressive contributions against Pakistan followed, and then, at long last, a maiden Test hundred, recorded in defeat to India at Trent Bridge. Suddenly, Buttler was integral in all three formats once again.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2010