England news September 13, 2012

Buttler's confidence ramped up

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Jos Buttler has admitted his relief at being able to play a part in an England victory after his brutal 32 off 10 balls against South Africa gave England a timely boost ahead of the World Twenty20. It was the first time Buttler had managed to translate his county exploits for Somerset onto the international stage and it has thrown his name into the spotlight as the team fly to Sri Lanka.

Buttler's England career remains in its infancy having made his debut last year against India so time was always on his side, but he came with such a reputation for matchwinning innings at domestic level that it was important to live up to his billing after six previous innings had brought a best of 13. That was quickly eclipsed as he straight drove two sixes off Wayne Parnell then twice flicked him over short fine-leg with his 'ramp' shot - the penultimate over of the shortened innings going on to cost 32.

"International cricket hasn't quite gone as I'd have hoped but days like this are really pleasing and give me a lot of confidence to take into Sri Lanka," Buttler said. "It was something I was desperate to get in an England shirt, to have that innings.

"I could take confidence from what I've done for Somerset but to do it on the international stage is a really proud moment. It's nice to repay the faith that people have shown in you. But I need to get back in the right frame of mind a look forward to Sri Lanka."

Buttler conceded that his confidence had taken a hit against Pakistan in the UAE earlier this year where his ramp twice brought his downfall during the Twenty20 series. However, he was not about to shelve a shot he had played since his days at the Somerset academy and continued to use it during this year's Friends Life t20 and CB40 competitions. He also said that a chat with Mark Bawden, the England team psychologist, and his county captain Marcus Trescothick had relaxed him ahead of the final match against South Africa.

"I had a bit of a confidence knock by getting out to it in Dubai, but think being myself was a huge thing," he said. "I had a good chat about things and had a nice couple of texts off Tres, just saying be yourself and enjoy it and that's what I did.

"It's a huge part of my game to either get fine leg or mid-off up to be able to hit straight and sweep. I always know I have an option. Guys improvise a lot these days and try to second guess bowlers so I'm glad I can do that and have it in my armoury."

Nowadays players practice scoops, ramps, flicks and switch-hits as much as their cover drives, hook and pulls and Buttler's belief in the shot comes from hours against the bowling machine to the extent that he sees it as a viable option regardless of how the bowler responds. That was shown on Wednesday at Edgbaston when Parnell tried to counter Buttler's approach by dragging his line outside off stump only to see the ball still fly over short fine-leg

"I'm looking for a ball in an area but I've worked on ways to compensate if it's in other areas and get bat on it and get off strike," Buttler said. "The way I play it, I think I can do it to a full ball, a wide ball or a back-of-a-length ball. I'm really comfortable with the shot, obviously it didn't work against Pakistan in the UAE - but talking to people they said it was a huge a part to my game so keep trying it and it came off."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 16 2012, 18:44 PM GMT) I know what you're saying there. I think I revisit 2005 too often , with the team balance etc. I've always preferred the 5/1/5 formation - always will , but also that was a much more aggressive batting line up. I'm not sure we do attrition so well these days either. A case in point is Bell , who I think looks a totally more accomplished player when he attacks than when he tries to do attrition

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 16, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    JG2704. Not too worried about attacking batting either. India is all about attrition and wearing their bowlers down. I would much rather be 250/4 at stumps on the first day than 350/8. Its certainly not pretty but I'll quite happily settle for Trott and Cook building some epic partnerships.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    JG2704. The old adage catches win matches still holds true. It was the dropped catches against SA that really killed us. But anyway I wouldnt be disapointed to see Monty go, I just think its time Kerrigan was rewarded for some excellent county and Lions form. It will be interesting to see which way Cook and Flower go in India, if they want to accommodate 2 spinners they may have to move Prior up to 6.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 15 2012, 18:20 PM GMT) Compton has opened for Somerset and with success. Personally I'd prefer a more attacking batting line up anyway so if Nick comes in for KP (which now looks unlikely if KP comes back) that would make it even less attacking. I think they'll more likely go for Root but Compton scoring 450 more runs and over doubling Root's average would feel very hard done by not to get the nod. As for Monty , I'd disagree that he was the reason we lost the 1st test in SL. He had a mare but if you look at Eng's first inns scorecard you'll find many other reasons why we failed to win that test. The same reasons why we failed to win anything in UAE. Difference is that Monty gets outed straight away.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 15, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    JG2704. I don't see Compton as an opener, especially for the long term. I would love to see Root go. Boycott rates him highly which is a good endorsement. Compton would be my cover for KP if he doesn't tour or Bell who may be away for a time. Yes Panesar offers a lot with the ball but he definitely cost us a test match in SL last winter, whilst Tredwell and Kerrigan are both solid all round cricketers. The days of having Phil Tufnel type cricketers in the side regardless of talent are a thing of the past. You need to offer more than just your bowling these days, even Shane Warne understood that.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Alot of young talent is emerging from the Eng ranks. If one or two can transfer this to the test arena we might be near the top for some time. JB is a one day player and like Morgan I think he would do best to keep at that format. Bairstow/Taylor I think would make better test players.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | September 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Hey Randy, Jonesy, Surly et al...you do realise that the Aussie PM is Welsh and the leader of the opposition is a Pom? Talent thin in England? Hard to state that convincingly when Forrest, Smith, Doherty and Cowan regularly play for you guys.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 15, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 14 2012, 21:57 PM GMT) I'd say Compton would be vying for Strauss's position rather than KPs. I still like Monty despite him being poor in the field - I think he compensates with his bowling

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    @JG2704. Much depends on whether Pietersen goes to India. I would still take him along with Root and Bairstow and have Taylor on standby. Morgan doesn't deserve selection after his horrendous championship form. No need to take Kieswetter either as reserve keeper as Bairstow could fill that role. Would leave Panesar behind too, our catching is bad enough at the moment without that clown in the field. I would pick Kerrigan along with Swann and Tredwell.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (September 14 2012, 13:46 PM GMT) Good comment but I fear you have wasted your time typing it out.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 16 2012, 18:44 PM GMT) I know what you're saying there. I think I revisit 2005 too often , with the team balance etc. I've always preferred the 5/1/5 formation - always will , but also that was a much more aggressive batting line up. I'm not sure we do attrition so well these days either. A case in point is Bell , who I think looks a totally more accomplished player when he attacks than when he tries to do attrition

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 16, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    JG2704. Not too worried about attacking batting either. India is all about attrition and wearing their bowlers down. I would much rather be 250/4 at stumps on the first day than 350/8. Its certainly not pretty but I'll quite happily settle for Trott and Cook building some epic partnerships.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    JG2704. The old adage catches win matches still holds true. It was the dropped catches against SA that really killed us. But anyway I wouldnt be disapointed to see Monty go, I just think its time Kerrigan was rewarded for some excellent county and Lions form. It will be interesting to see which way Cook and Flower go in India, if they want to accommodate 2 spinners they may have to move Prior up to 6.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 15 2012, 18:20 PM GMT) Compton has opened for Somerset and with success. Personally I'd prefer a more attacking batting line up anyway so if Nick comes in for KP (which now looks unlikely if KP comes back) that would make it even less attacking. I think they'll more likely go for Root but Compton scoring 450 more runs and over doubling Root's average would feel very hard done by not to get the nod. As for Monty , I'd disagree that he was the reason we lost the 1st test in SL. He had a mare but if you look at Eng's first inns scorecard you'll find many other reasons why we failed to win that test. The same reasons why we failed to win anything in UAE. Difference is that Monty gets outed straight away.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 15, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    JG2704. I don't see Compton as an opener, especially for the long term. I would love to see Root go. Boycott rates him highly which is a good endorsement. Compton would be my cover for KP if he doesn't tour or Bell who may be away for a time. Yes Panesar offers a lot with the ball but he definitely cost us a test match in SL last winter, whilst Tredwell and Kerrigan are both solid all round cricketers. The days of having Phil Tufnel type cricketers in the side regardless of talent are a thing of the past. You need to offer more than just your bowling these days, even Shane Warne understood that.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Alot of young talent is emerging from the Eng ranks. If one or two can transfer this to the test arena we might be near the top for some time. JB is a one day player and like Morgan I think he would do best to keep at that format. Bairstow/Taylor I think would make better test players.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | September 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Hey Randy, Jonesy, Surly et al...you do realise that the Aussie PM is Welsh and the leader of the opposition is a Pom? Talent thin in England? Hard to state that convincingly when Forrest, Smith, Doherty and Cowan regularly play for you guys.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 15, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 14 2012, 21:57 PM GMT) I'd say Compton would be vying for Strauss's position rather than KPs. I still like Monty despite him being poor in the field - I think he compensates with his bowling

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    @JG2704. Much depends on whether Pietersen goes to India. I would still take him along with Root and Bairstow and have Taylor on standby. Morgan doesn't deserve selection after his horrendous championship form. No need to take Kieswetter either as reserve keeper as Bairstow could fill that role. Would leave Panesar behind too, our catching is bad enough at the moment without that clown in the field. I would pick Kerrigan along with Swann and Tredwell.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (September 14 2012, 13:46 PM GMT) Good comment but I fear you have wasted your time typing it out.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @mikey76 on (September 14 2012, 14:25 PM GMT) I actually don't think they'll fit Compton and will go for a younger player instead , despite how unfair that is.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (September 14 2012, 10:11 AM GMT) To me Jos looked like he was bursting with happiness and joy - not to mention relief - as he walked off the pitch but his natural reserved way kept him from even smiling much. As for him playing IPL - I have mixed views. I'd love him to earn the bucks his talent deserves but the CB40 starts early and I think clashes with IPL and is a tough tournament to qualify for the semis. And bearing in mind how we so nearly qualified after having such a poor start , we need all the best players we have. Also re IPL it depends on if he plays alot. I was livid this season when we were struggling to put out a side and Alf was warming the bench in IPL and then you see Van Der Merwe get 1 game , do well and then is outed again and I feel playing in Eng would do him more good than warming an IPL bench a la Morgan.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Randy's not yet realised that Taunton, Somerset is really in England.

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    @Heisenburg. Butler was not awful. His innings was just awesome. The way one great captain of a great team 'dragged' along for a few overs, hoping to climb the everest in the last over, but lost the game by a wisker... yes, that was awful. Terribly awful. Hope he does not do that in SL.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | September 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Compton was schooled in cricket here, not SA which is the most important thing. I don't know why the SA thing is suddenly such big news. When Robin Smith and Alan Lamb were wearing England jersey's no one batted an eye lid. It's safe to say after his 155 not out the other day Compton has one foot on the plane to India.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | September 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Finally the buttler served me some entertainment. I'm an Indian supporter but also a fan of Somerset and I've been watching this guy in county cricket and hoping he would repeat the same performance for England. Now he finally has & I hope England put him in the ODI team because a player like him would not just accelerate the run rate hugely but also help their other batsmen like Trott, Bell and Cook to play their natural game.

    P.S : Jos , please go easy on India :P

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 14, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @Surly, put it another way. If, for example, Australia were to limit itself to picking third generation Australians, there wouldn't be many people to pick from in the entire population! Denis Compton was as English as they come. It just so happens that some of his greatest run-scoring feats came in South Africa (e.g. a triple century in just over 3 hours at Benoni, if I recall rightly) and he loved the country and regarded it as a second home, as did many wealthy brits at the time.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Surly, one suspects that it was not his decision that his family should emigrate! His parents emigrated, he moved back. End of story!

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Why aren't we talking about Butler? Is it because he is born in England? Does that make him invisible?

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 14, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    CricketingStargazer: How is Compton's relationship with South Africa "pure chance' when he was born there and grew up there? His parents recently flew out (from South Africa) to watch him get his 1000 runs. It's not as though he only spent a month in SA.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | September 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @JG: Yeah, the one thing about Jos I know form interviews e al, is that he is a very modest, honest guy. Not the type to be over-confident. Some people just loves the trollin'.

    Buttler is a serious talent, has an amazing eye for the ball, would love to see him get an IPL contract (He's a pretty decent player of spin too).

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @hit.wicket on (September 14 2012, 08:10 AM GMT) How do you equate from what Jos says that he is getting over confident? Honestly the mind boggles

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 14, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Hammond, I'm just waiting for all hell to break loose when Nick Compton is selected. The fact that he is the grandson of one of England's greatest ever cricketers and his relationship with South Africa was a matter of pure chance (he's not exactly a 3rd generation South African) will mean nothing to anyone outside the UK! I think that England will persist with Buttler because only continued exposure will show if he has the ability to make it through (at Somerset they rate him much more highly than Kieswetter and Hildreath), but he's far from certain to be even in the ODI squad.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | September 14, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @jmcilhinney- don't worry about poor old Randy, he is just annoyed that Butler wasn't born in South Africa. Anyway, Australia has just recalled a 41 year old to fill the T20 spinners role, and he is saying that Englands talent is thin? The irony is amazing.

  • POSTED BY hit.wicket on | September 14, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Oh....butler, actually he played nice but a little inning.......now on the basis of that 10 ball he is getting over confident. Butler forgetting he going to play in spinning tracks ............

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 14, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    It was strange. Jos has been in patchy form this year and his 1st shot was a tentative push for a single. Then all of a sudden he showed the form/confidence which he showed last season for Somerset. I really hope this is a springboard for him and that it all comes off for him in SL

  • POSTED BY northumbriannomad on | September 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    I'm pleased for him - he's shown this ability in county cricket but it's nice to see him showing the world, albeit in such a brief cameo. Can't do any harm to the bidding when he next goes to the IPL, either.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Randy, interesting post as usual. Actually, this was an 11 over-a-side match, not a Test. Different rules, you know? I guess these things are a matter of perspective. When your side is not ranked as a potential Quarter-Finalist you see the talent pool in a different way. I don't think anyone expects Jos Buttler to become a core player on the basis of one innings, but his name has, surprisingly, been around for 2 years as one to watch and to produce one match-winning innings will do his confidence good. The same sorts of things were said about Jonny Bairstow after one big T20 knock but, with the confidence that it gave him, he eventually broke through and made good Test runs againsr South Africa. There are a lot of players bubbling through just below the surface, which is always good in any side.

  • POSTED BY BigMachine on | September 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    I am convinced that Buttler will become a player of the highest calibre. He is some way from being the finished article at this moment but I have no doubt that this abundance of ability will shine through. I suspect a big IPL contract will be coming his way in 2014

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | September 14, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I felt that we had no chance of holding on to the World T 20 at the beginning of the summer because of KP retirement and the cup being held in Sri Lanka . I feel that SA is the team to beat because of their IPL experience and their all round strengh and we have held our own with a 2 all draw and as we know , anything can happen in a T 20 game so I am starting to believe we have a chance. Young guys like Butler , Hales and Bairstow show no fear and have nothing to lose as the coach / captain is backing them to the hilt. It was great to see Butler putting in a match winning performance .

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @hmcilhinney I watched the match live, there would have been no difference between highlights and the real match!! Those 2 straight sixes were Sehwagesque with minimal foot movement!!

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | September 14, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Buttler has been awful, and in one innings where he hits 10 balls, he's somehow in form?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (September 13 2012, 23:12 PM GMT), haha... hahahaha. Even with KP out, Buttler wasn't able to get into the England ODI team that beat Australia 4-0. I guess when you say "the talent is thin" we know who you're really talking about. I pity you. hahaha.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 14, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @__PK on (September 13 2012, 21:45 PM GMT), I didn't get to see the game because of time differences but I watched the highlights and that was exactly what struck me too. They talk about batsmen "clearing the front leg" when going for big hits but when playing those two shots he just took a small step down the pitch and almost caressed it over the boundary. The fact that it looked so effortless is what was most impressive. It was one innings, and not a long one at that, but he has great potential and I'm rather excited to see him progress.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 14, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Can this please be the end of Bopara and Patel. We need guys like Butler in the team, not underperforming Patels and non game changing Boparas.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Looks like a terrific test cricket shot. Jeez the talent is thin.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | September 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    That was an astonishing innings. I've seen higher scoring ones, but the ease with which he played - the ramp shots were impressive, but his first two straight hit sixes were amazing, he barely swung the bat.

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  • POSTED BY __PK on | September 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    That was an astonishing innings. I've seen higher scoring ones, but the ease with which he played - the ramp shots were impressive, but his first two straight hit sixes were amazing, he barely swung the bat.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Looks like a terrific test cricket shot. Jeez the talent is thin.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 14, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Can this please be the end of Bopara and Patel. We need guys like Butler in the team, not underperforming Patels and non game changing Boparas.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 14, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @__PK on (September 13 2012, 21:45 PM GMT), I didn't get to see the game because of time differences but I watched the highlights and that was exactly what struck me too. They talk about batsmen "clearing the front leg" when going for big hits but when playing those two shots he just took a small step down the pitch and almost caressed it over the boundary. The fact that it looked so effortless is what was most impressive. It was one innings, and not a long one at that, but he has great potential and I'm rather excited to see him progress.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (September 13 2012, 23:12 PM GMT), haha... hahahaha. Even with KP out, Buttler wasn't able to get into the England ODI team that beat Australia 4-0. I guess when you say "the talent is thin" we know who you're really talking about. I pity you. hahaha.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | September 14, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Buttler has been awful, and in one innings where he hits 10 balls, he's somehow in form?

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @hmcilhinney I watched the match live, there would have been no difference between highlights and the real match!! Those 2 straight sixes were Sehwagesque with minimal foot movement!!

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | September 14, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I felt that we had no chance of holding on to the World T 20 at the beginning of the summer because of KP retirement and the cup being held in Sri Lanka . I feel that SA is the team to beat because of their IPL experience and their all round strengh and we have held our own with a 2 all draw and as we know , anything can happen in a T 20 game so I am starting to believe we have a chance. Young guys like Butler , Hales and Bairstow show no fear and have nothing to lose as the coach / captain is backing them to the hilt. It was great to see Butler putting in a match winning performance .

  • POSTED BY BigMachine on | September 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    I am convinced that Buttler will become a player of the highest calibre. He is some way from being the finished article at this moment but I have no doubt that this abundance of ability will shine through. I suspect a big IPL contract will be coming his way in 2014

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Randy, interesting post as usual. Actually, this was an 11 over-a-side match, not a Test. Different rules, you know? I guess these things are a matter of perspective. When your side is not ranked as a potential Quarter-Finalist you see the talent pool in a different way. I don't think anyone expects Jos Buttler to become a core player on the basis of one innings, but his name has, surprisingly, been around for 2 years as one to watch and to produce one match-winning innings will do his confidence good. The same sorts of things were said about Jonny Bairstow after one big T20 knock but, with the confidence that it gave him, he eventually broke through and made good Test runs againsr South Africa. There are a lot of players bubbling through just below the surface, which is always good in any side.