World Twenty20 2012

Buttler propelled into the spotlight

David Hopps

September 16, 2012

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Jos Buttler pulled off his favourite scoop shot twice, England v South Africa, 3rd T20 international, Edgbaston, September 12, 2012
Jos Buttler was constantly told to back himself and his favourite scoop shot © PA Photos
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Even in the instant world of Twenty20, it takes some believing that a single over can change the mindset of a team, never mind the player involved. But the 32 runs that Jos Buttler took off one over from Wayne Parnell in the final dregs of the English summer has become emblematic for an England squad seeking proof that they have the capacity to win the World Twenty20.

Before his Edgbaston escapade, Buttler was just another skilful young player seeking to justify the faith shown in him. After one brief but violent assault he has instantly become one of the most talked-about players in town. "Which one is Jos Buttler?" is now a contender for the top ten questions in the hotel lobby, proudly ranked alongside other essentials like "is my room ready yet?" and "can you give me some change for the tuk-tuk driver".

For more than a year, Buttler's T20 career was stillborn. He had 10 caps, but in six innings had reached double figures only once. Those who had watched him at Somerset yearned for his ability to overflow. But he got out twice in Dubai to his signature ramp shot and as well as enquiring of the batting coach, he even asked the team psychologist, Mark Bawden, if he should keep playing it. Bawden told him to trust his instincts as sports psychologists tend to do.

Buttler, as he did in the aftermath of Edgbaston, spoke in Colombo of the confidence this has brought him, that he "feels calmer, more myself, more relaxed," that his ability to repay the faith has given him a greater sense of belonging. A few days before the biggest tournament of his life it could not be better timed.

"After the first one I hit, I thought 'this is good fun, I can enjoy this'," he said. "It was just one of those overs: he bowled it where I guessed and it just came off. I'm excited about gaining a bit of recognition or getting noticed. That can only be a good thing; it means you must have done something right for sides to know who you are."

But it is the positive impact that Buttler's innings has made upon the England team that is so striking. England admittedly are defending champions, but they do not play much T20 and have little involvement in IPL. As one of the last sides to arrive in Sri Lanka, they could easily feel like visitors rather than contenders.

Eoin Morgan, who in the absence of Kevin Pietersen is the batsman with IPL-cred, enthused about the wider impact of Buttler's innings. "It was absolutely brilliant," he said. "It gives everyone else around them belief that he can perform at any given time especially when it is to that extremity.

The Pietersen imbroglio, Morgan said, was not a dressing room obsession, but neither was it a banned topic of conversation. "No, it's not like Voldemort, it's alright."

"I've been watching Jos train for nearly a year now, and he's phenomenal. We've all been waiting for this to evolve. The fact it has now is awesome for his own confidence, knowing that he can pull out a performance like that, and it is also great for the team.

"It wasn't easy for him in Dubai where it was reverse swinging, and it was among his first couple of innings. There were a lot of contributing factors to why he didn't have a chance to go out and play the way he could. It is very timely he has now. Like anything, until you go out there and prove to yourself and you know inside you can perform, all the reassuring words run off your shoulders really."

The value of Buttler's assault is even more important if you accept Morgan's assertion that T20 is evolving so quickly that experience is often passed in the reverse manner, from young to old, rather like teenage sons showing fathers how to download an App. Morgan might pass on advice in team meetings about how to keep things simple, but he gets a lot back in return.

"Everyone that comes through, you learn a hell of a lot more from," he said. "You're always a generation behind when you're passing on experience. The way the game's going, people are always bringing in new things."

England play the first of two warm-up games against Australia in Colombo tomorrow, at Nondescripts CC, a club with a name that Buttler need no longer fear sums up his international career. Pakistan follow on Wednesday before Group A matches against Afghanistan on Friday and India two days later.

"I've played Afghanistan before, when I played for Ireland, and have been on a losing side against them, so I won't be taking them for granted at all," Morgan said. "They have a lot of up-and-coming players, and it's a potential banana skin for us. If we don't perform, there's a chance they could sneak over the line."

But survive that and England move to Pallakele for the Super Eights, to face - barring shocks - West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand and with the October monsoon approaching a little unsettled weather might help their cause, if not assist the batsman-friendly tournament for which the ICC must yearn.

"Pallekele is similar to English conditions - it does do a bit," Morgan said. "Research suggests it nips around which I'm not sure will be the most attractive Twenty20 cricket. But there's every chance of these conditions, especially with the rain around - which we're more used to after the summer we've had."

As for Pietersen-watch, he is about to arrive in Sri Lanka as an expert pundit for ESPN Star Sports. "I'd no idea he was coming," Morgan said. "I look forward to seeing it. It could be quite funny."

The Pietersen imbroglio, he said, was not a dressing room obsession, but neither was it a banned topic of conversation. "No, it's not like Voldemort, it's alright," he said.

As Stuart Broad, England's T20 captain, has occasionally been compared to Malfoy, this raises interesting possibilities. Harry Potter fans will tell you that Voldemort gives Malfoy a hug - an awkward, unfeely hug, but a hug nevertheless - in the final edition of Harry Potter. The first time he bumps into Stuart Broad, England's T20 captain, in the hotel lobby could be quite touching.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Hammond on (September 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@RandyOz- you conveniently skipped the odi whitewash of a certain green and gold arrayed team. Typical. And if number one in two forms of the game and second in the world in tests isn't thriving then I really have no idea what is.

Posted by zummerrset on (September 18, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

The truth about Jos Buttler is that he is absolute class - in 10 years time I am sure that many of us will look back and say WOW!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 18, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

@Andy Plowright on (September 17 2012, 08:23 AM GMT), so that would mean that every middle order batsmen playing in the CB40 has a significantly better average than he deserves. If it's not true for all then why would it be true for Buttler?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Overplaying Buttler by the author? Don't forget, David HOPPS! Hope is always eternal. And, may even fructify one day, if Lady luck comes and blesses you. Keep up the hopes David, yours and mine!

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (September 17 2012, 13:32 PM GMT) Thing is that Buttler has been doing this kind of thing at Domestic level at Somerset for a while. I know the English domestic game is probably of little significance to you or most foreign cricket fans but anyone who follows our domestic game inc Mr Hopps would have seen Jos do this before so it's nothing new although probably more of a relief to see him do it for England. He obviously has to keep doing it before he can be talked of as an established star but 30 runs off an over - not many do that at international level from any country. Surely a couple of articles on the England home page on a specialist site after the domestic season is over is not too bad is it? Maybe we could do with another KP article instead.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

@Hammond - well that's because you missed the entire summer on a self induced exile, when you got belted to all parts by South Africa, including the 5th worst defeat of all time (taking two wickets the entire match) and winning only 6 of your past 11 tests. Now rethink that thriving statement hahah!

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@Venkat_Super_11 on (September 17 2012, 07:47 AM GMT) Again - so no other country's media ever hype up a batsman then? Also (rightly or wrongly) Buttler has been hyped by Sky ever since he started performing for Somerset so (no disrespect to this website) but a few articles on here are a drop in the ocean compared to what Sky have said about him

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

I did not see that match where Butler played that innings but it is very very extremely horribly ridiculously premature to even talk of Butler as having a secure place in the team let alone him being a batsman of any repute. I am not denouncing Butler here. He may turn out to be the combo of Cook and KP who knows. But how can we judge someone on the basis of a 10-11 ball knock? Look at what Levi is facing now, and he got a hundred !!! We need to think of the likes of Yusuf Pathan, Kevin O' Brien and many more whom I can't even recall at the moment. My problem here is not with the batsman but the person who did this article. Butler has my best wishes but the writer somehow seems to be in some unnecessary haste to thrust some title on Butler when it is still some time in coming.

Posted by Hammond on (September 17, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@RandyOz- do you mean oil resources? Surely if you do actually know your cricket you would realise how utterly ridiculous that sounds. I remember an England side that came here once with a D grade Australian opening the bowling and two 40 year olds in the middle order. Jonathan Crawley and Phil Tufnell anyone? English cricket is actually thriving at the moment. Strongest I have seen it in my lifetime.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 17, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Jos Bulter is actually playing for England? I don't think I have seen thinner resources than in England right now,

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@satish619chandar on (September 17 2012, 01:52 AM GMT) So out of interest do India not ever hype up their players after a great performance? I don't really look on the Indian pages as they don't interest me too much but my guess is there has been hoopla about certain Indian players coming through too.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@Indian_Fan09 on (September 17 2012, 06:49 AM GMT) Thanks for your comments there. I hope Jos continues his form although he didn't do so well in the warm up game today. He could do with being a bit more consistent for England but even on just this knock alone , there probably aren't that many batsmen out there who could do this. I'm not sure if an English batsman has ever scored so many runs off one over in an international match. Maybe someone could confirm or deny that.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@jmcilhinney.The majority of Buttler's career in List A cricket has been the 40 over game. Coming in at 5 to lower behind major strokemakers, especially at a ground like Taunton, meaning he often comes in right at the end and those not outs stack up. In the case of Dhoni and Hussey, the not outs do increase the average. However Dhoni's List A and ODI not out percentage is under 25%. Still high but it does illustrate that Buttler's 37% not out percentage does skew his figures. Indeed, go and check his 2011 CB40 average: 137 courtesy of 10 innings with 7 not outs. If he were as hard to get out as you say, then he wouldn't be averaging 30 in first class cricket!

@Andy Plowright on (September 17 2012, 00:27 AM GMT), so, are we saying that players like Mike Hussey and MS Dhoni aren't as good as their stats suggest because they don't bat in the top 3? Maybe he's not out a lot because he's hard to get out.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta on (September 16 2012, 15:48 PM GMT) Putting a Durham tint on it , you obviously know your Onions but I'm afraid that doesn't cut the Mustard

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@Juiceoftheapple on (September 16 2012, 14:41 PM GMT) I'm (even as a Somerset fan) still not so convinced re Craig. In the rain aborted 2nd T20 he seemed to be swinging and missing an awful lot. Hales on the other hand calmly got off strike and played himself in. I know it was a shortened game but Craig seemed to just be swinging wildly vs Steyn. I agree re Jos but he does need to go on from here which I really hope he does. Re "If you dont like articles about English players, dont read em " - I presume that wasn't aimed at me?

Posted by JG2704 on (September 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@SurlyCynic on (September 16 2012, 14:36 PM GMT) There are 2 comments from English fans , one who just wants KP back in the side and doesn't want the limelight taken away from KP and the other is a fair enough one (presuming a-bomb is English) is fair enough, even though he has had pressure on his shoulders since he 1st did the business for Somerset and 1st was called into the England set up. The guy has been doing it for a few years at Somerset and this is the 1st time he's done it for England and it would be good to see him continue. It would be nice for a change if some on here would appreciate a game changing knock rather than look for negative spins to put on it all the time. If it was an established World player like , Gayle,KP,AB,Kholi etc folk would be purring about it. Because it's a young English guy - with no SA links - then it must be some kind of fluke...

Posted by Venkat_Super_11 on (September 17, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

David, can't believe you guys keep talking about Butler just after he has played one good innings. My God, can't believe this. Don't just put pressure on the batsman. Don't you think this is too much whatever the media are doing? And did you see how he played in the warm up match against Australia? Better stop exaggerating and let the batsman talk with his bat. Oh typical English media!!

Posted by anver777 on (September 17, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Still early days for Jos Buttler........... no doubt he is talented, but with only one international knock (in a rain shortened 11over per side game) you cannot judge the performances....... anyway a good find for future Eng cricket !!!!!

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (September 17, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Most of my fellow Indian brothers have no idea how good this boy is!! I follow county cricket regularly. He is an awesome hitter, a decent wk, good outfielder plus what I like the most about him is his ability to finish off games with nerveless displays in difficult situation. People who have played 10 years fail to do so due to nerves. This kid has what it takes to be one of the best finishers in cricket!! And please watch Somerset's match in Star Cricket and watch him play instead of looking at his cricinfo stats page and basing a judgement on sheer numbers!!

Posted by pulkit10 on (September 17, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Oh he's the next big thing for England? Like you know, Keiswetter, Dernbach and Bairstow were a while ago?

Quit the unnecessary hype. He had one good game and one good knock, give him credit for that instead of claiming that KP is not needed anymore since Buttler and Morgan are there! For all the stuff I hear about Morgan, he hasn't really done much.

Cook gets his fair share of fan boy praise too but at least that guy is a very competent batsman. I think instead of this "next big thing" hype, you'd be better off writing an article for Trott or maybe even Anderson or Broad since you know, they have at least done something for England.

Posted by bliksem23 on (September 17, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Wow, talk about knee-jerk reactions. The guy faces 10 balls and is suddenly the reincarnation of sliced bread. I guess that's the legacy of 20/20 cricket, where a reputation can be built in less than 2 overs. And as I type this, Buttler is out for 5 runs off 8 balls against Aus. Off day? He's certainly had plenty of them in his career of that is supposedly destined for the stars.

Posted by nthuq on (September 17, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

I'd just like to make note that virtually the entire England line up fired today. Well, except for the great man spoken about in this article. I hope the pressure's not gotten to him.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 17, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

@Andy Plowright on (September 17 2012, 00:27 AM GMT), so, are we saying that players like Mike Hussey and MS Dhoni aren't as good as their stats suggest because they don't bat in the top 3? Maybe he's not out a lot because he's hard to get out.

Posted by ProteaMan on (September 17, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

To score 32 runs in one over is pretty good, but to do it from a completely out of form bowler like Parnel is not something that makes you a star overnight. Lets see what he does to Steyn & Co

Posted by gagguv on (September 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

This reminds me of one Zimbabwae player Doug Marillier. He also became almost "the next big thing" when he scooped over his head many times in an ODI against India. He scored a fifty from 21 or 23 balls. But where is he now? Or rather after that inning he didnt play anything like that. So the moot point is that it could be his once in life performance. Also it would have made all other teams aware of this kinda shot. English media and players have this habit of jumping over the gun always - like every bit and tit player who could bowl and bat was another Botham in the making. A few years ago one batsman Loye was also showcased as another big thing who could slog sweep even McGrath. But what happened later? Loye couldnt even complete a year in international cricket whereas McGrath's stock still rose. It aint that Butler would surely follow that path. What he do and what he becomes is yet to come, so dont make him God on one inning only.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 17, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

LOL they Hyped Bairstaw in the last summer....everybody knows what happened to Him in India....and now Butler....LOL you gotta be ready with your silver platter to serve the indians.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 17, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

@satish619chandar on (September 17 2012, 01:52 AM GMT), apparently you didn't actually see his two straight sixes back over the bowlers head.

Posted by Marcio on (September 17, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Sorry, that was won 5, lost 1 ODI series for AUS. I forgot the recent win in the UAE, Mr Matty!

Posted by Marcio on (September 17, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

@Matty1979, you are just being silly. If AUS are so awful what does it say about PAK and NZ, who couldn't get past 80 odd in the last two games against AUS? Or ENG, SA, IND and WI, all of whom drew their most recent T20 series with AUS? PAK won their series by a margin of exactly one run, on their home ground. Even you know how pointless the T20 rankings are, and why that is so. AUS has as much chance as winning this as anyone. It's as even a contest as I have ever seen in any tournament I can remember. BTW, since AUS has won 9 out of the last 14 tests - lost 2 (a VERY clear upward trend if ever there was one), shouldn't you be more worried about ENG's slide - 6 losses from 11 tests? Even in ODIs, Australia has lost only one series in the last 20 months (won 4, lost 1). Yeah, they haven't reached rock bottom yet. After all, there's a hell of a long way to fall there ;-)

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 17, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Marcio. As I have said before, i would love to see a better Aus team, but the truth of the matter is they are plain awful right now. They depend FAR too much on Hussy/Clarke in all formats. 3rd in tests, 4th in ODI and 9th in 20/20. They have their weakest suit first and then its SA up next for them, do you think their ranking will improve? They have a very tough couple of years to come, and yes they could suprise us all but I for one doubt it and this is just the begining of their slide down.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 17, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Great to see the kids stepping up & dominating, seemingly just at the right time. Yes the defending champions & current number 1 side are going to be tough to beat, as usual.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 17, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

I guess we need to wait and watch. All his shots were completely out of book and are not classy. On his day a Harbhajan or Malinga had played such frentic knocks and had won games for their teams. Too early to term Butler as "Next big thing". Same thing were mentioned on Bairstow after one knock against India in ODI and he haven't done that again in shorter format. But again got the buildup after one good test against SA. English media riding on occasional good knock is rather funny.

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 17, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

his list A career strike rate and average are very impressive. its good england producing attacking players. normally Eng team is made up with too many slow scorers. if you look at the Eng in the early 2000s and before, you will understand what im talking about. its now completely changed.

Posted by Marcio on (September 17, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

@MattyP1979, your obsession with/fear of Australia is amusing. I've cut and pasted your comment for future reference ;-) Australia has a pretty strong and well balanced team, with plenty of experience in these conditions. You are a brave man to write them off.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

I believe that it's hard to pick a winner but without kp Enland would need a lot of luck to leave out there best player means they intend to bowl out the opposition . Let's see

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

@subbass. And what is Buttler's usual batting position for Somerset in list A cricket? Yes, it's the middle order after the like of Kieswetter and Trescothick. That has meant his average is distorted by a huge number of not outs (37% of his knocks are not out compared to 7.9% for Tresco at the top) so going by average alone is daft.

Parnell's career has slipped since he burst onto the international scene. His first over with a new (aka dry) ball was good. Later on when that ball is damp, it was pies. Simply go and check his stats: 22 wickets@19 in his first 8 ODI games, 15 wickets@50 in his next 19 games. Huge drop off in performance.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 17, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

I guess he goes into the WC along with a group of others like Richard Levi and Glenn Maxwell. We know they can be destructive, will they produce on the biggest stage of all.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 16, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta on (September 16 2012, 15:48 PM GMT) lol lovely play with words there mate

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 16, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

To my fellow pundits....who is your second pick for the WC (first being your own team of course). I have to say WI. Very good 20/20 team and alot of game changers. My only disapointment is that Aus don't seem to have any chance and world cricket is a better place with a competitive Austrailia. Pak could come under the radar too!.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 16, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

This T20 WC is an open affair and it could come down to one inspired knock from someone like Buttler? Could..... It's a shame that KP isn't in the squad (yet) as he might enjoy seeing the young pup soaking up the media attention. Might.... As an English supporter I think that England have several 'dark horses' who are capable of changing games. Capable..... It would be naive however to think that it was only an England attribute? I suppose every team in the WC has it's Buttler, it's Morgan and it's Bairstow - we just don't know about them yet? Although pretty meaningless in real cricket terms it should be an entertaining few weeks and I wish all sides well - especially one of them! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 16, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Being an Indian supporter, I don't buy into a lot of the things said by my fellow Indian fans. I strongly believe that no matter who the player is, the more games he plays, the better he will become. Butler is a young man with immense talent. I have seen it first hand in the county circuit. I have also heard and read many good things about him. To say he's failed even before he's begun is RIDICULOUS. Take India's Virat Kohli for instance; a lot of people felt he would be a failure. Well... clearly he's shown he's a star and a future prospect for India. The same applies to Butler. I am sure he's picked because of his talent and skills. I wish him good luck for the World T20.

Posted by SoverBerry2 on (September 16, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Imagine a "nineteen years later" epilogue meeting between KP and Anderson! (in fact Sachin will be there)

Posted by Class-Apart on (September 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

reading too much into one inng

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Loved the last paragraph of this article. The way they depicted the relationship between Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad is surprising and interesting. :) Eager to watch Buttler's batting in this World Cup T20.

Posted by spence1324 on (September 16, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

@JG2704 , totally agree about the normal suspects here its funny how indian fans can speak about overrated, there IPL has given us RG SHARMA, YUSIF PATHAN and about 50 other players thay have tried out in the last year to at least put out a team that can compete with who ever thay play at there 'scap' at the bottem of the rankings. I guess it shows that haveing the biggest t 20 comp does not produce world class talent!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Any team which gets beaten by Afghanistan is in trouble, if their second game gets washed out and have to share points! And, rains are around the corner.

Posted by timohyj on (September 16, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

i find it very amusing that an a second rate english bastman who specialises in getting out to cray "innovative" shots becomes so great after just one over. One quick cameo and all of a sudden all the english people say he is amazing and incredible. However, when a batsman like Virat Kohli smashes every attack he plays against in every format, all over the world and english and australians still say he isn't very good because he scores in India. By the way we saw where stupid ramp shots and reverse sweeps got the english the last time they played a big tournament in the subcontinent. Looks like we're in for a repeat

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Who is BUTTLER, someone asked. He opens the door, when you ring the BELL. If you TROTT into the kitchen, you will see COOK cooking ROOTs (trying to be a vegan before going to India). SWANN is loitering around the backyard, tweeting around (after getting tired of quaking), fearing for COOK's knife on his neck, without realising, that the COOK has turned vegetarian. What happened to the man of the house. With all the tension created by the SONs, he suffered severe STRAUSS and went home. COOK didn't like his master's FLOWER garden, seeds of which were imported from Zim. He chopped them off. What happened really? The family didn't have children; so they adopted three SONs. Ander's. Harmy's & Pieter's. Alas, only one is still with the family -- Ander's; HARMY's son became wayward, far too outside mostly, so was sent back to his own parents. The third son was adopted from Natal; and he became too naughty, which caused all the tension in the 'happy' family. BROADly speaking, a little mess!

Posted by andrew27994 on (September 16, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

I know that Buttler is an immensely talented and consistent player, but the English media should know better than to create a lot of hype about him because : 1) It would put unnecessary pressure on his shoulders 2) They are making all the other teams aware of his talent which gives them enough time to prepare themselves against this newcomer.

Anyways, I am secretly glad they are doing it because I'm an Indian and hope he fails against only India :P

But I hope that he gets an opportunity in the ODI side as well because England are in need of a player like him considering the top order batsmen they have like Cook, Bell and Trott who aren't very quick scorers.

Posted by farhan4050 on (September 16, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Whatever the article says, i don't feel even a bit for England defending their title. Their team looks extremely vulnerable, specially with the batting line-up, moreover KP's exculsion is a huge huge huge loss to them. Dropping the man of the tournament of W10 is simply not manageable. And he has even proved that he can perform in sub-continent conditions in the IPL and UAE, in this format. Job Buttler failed in 10 and performed in 1. You can't make him your HERO ofcourse.

Posted by subbass on (September 16, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Oh yeah and how many 22 year olds have a list A avg of over 60 ? Don't take too long to work it out, as it's not many. Joss does, hence the reason people believe in his ability in the shorter format.

Posted by subbass on (September 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

No-one is getting carried away. But an innings like that has to raise hopes that he can make it at this level. But of course Parnell bowled pies, after all his first over went for a massive 5 runs with a wicket, which shows how rubbish he is.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (September 16, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

JG2704 I thinkk Kies' problem of too many dots was acute a year ago and he's improved, it must have been highlighted, and tbh the T20 semi and final T20 against SA he was excellent as both innings needed an anchor. Buttler has been playing first class / one day county cricket for 2 years, so I'm not sure why people on here are saying we are overyhping him after 1 game, he outshone Pollard, Tresco, Kieswetter regularly in the T20. What always struck me was how cleanly he hit the ball, and finally he did it for England the other night, and it was just one over, but how many other people have done that? If you dont like articles about English players, dont read em. We've got an exciting team, not the best, Buttler is just one player, and he deserves to be there.

Posted by Electric_loco_class_WAP5-6000HP on (September 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Yet another mediocre and overrated pom' nobody' struggling through their career. pl pub.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 16, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

JG2704: If you actually read the comments you'll see that it's not just the 'usual suspects' but also England fans who think there's a bit too much hype around someone who's had one good over in ten T20s. I hope he lives up to this huge expectation as I enjoy batsmen who can hit cleanly to other parts of the ground than cow corner, and all fans like seeing new talent come on the scene. But there has undoubtedly been the usual excess of English hype around Buttler.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Y start the World Cup on a weekday and not a weekend? Doesn't make any sense to me

Posted by bharath74 on (September 16, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

English cricket is boring to watch without KP, just simply boring reminds me of the era of Stewart and Atherton.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 16, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Very predictable load of trash from the usual suspects who think they are clever by repeating their "media hype" views all the time - obviously only when the SA born thing doesn't apply. I still feel that Buttler has plenty left to prove at international level and I would be absolutely delighted if he has a great world cup. I do also think England without Bopara might benefit players like Jos and Jonny who maybe don't feel they have to play catch up all the time when Ravi has dried up the runs. I still also wonder about Kieswetter and in particular his ability to rotate the singles. I wish he would look to get a run off every ball for a few overs before he starts going for the payoff shots and just put the bad ball away when it comes ,until he gets his eye in. It seems to be dot ball or big shot and nothing in between

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@bambooapolooza. As a Somerset fan, Buttler's international record doesn't worry me. he's young and can improve. What is a concern is his first-class record. An average of 30 with two tons in 39 games is lousy for a man with his talent when you consider that an all-rounder in Chris Woakes already has six f-c tons to his name after 71 games. Buttler has potential, undoubtedly so, but the level of hype around him in the last week is reminiscent of the dreadful 'This England team are as good as the 1980 Windies sides' articles that spewed out of just about every newspaper. Some perspective is needed. Buttler smacked a left arm seamer, whose career has stalled a bit, bowling with a damp ball for a few runs in an over. We're not talking about a blazing century against Malcolm Marshall and co at Sabina Park in 1980 here!

Posted by Biren4u on (September 16, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

I dont think england is capable to win this t20 cup without kp......interesting to watch if there would have been match between england vs bangladesh....dont knw whts the benefit of playing english county if u cant build a strong team....i hope english players play ipl,bpl or slpl to get the experience of asian pitches

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@TommyTucker Well, I was in the lobby fella, and I have heard it there and elsewhere. Suspect you may not be here? So not quite as fictional as you may suspect. As for those respondents who doubt Buttler's ability against spin, I agree after watching him last winter that he has much to prove.

Posted by allblue on (September 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Gosh! Churlish comments about a young English player, what a surprise! In many ways this article, and the Buttler narrative at this point, describes what could be seen as both a strength and a weakness of the T20 format. Just a few minutes of brilliance/incompetence can effectively decide a match, it doesn't require the sustained application of excellence as in the long form of the game. It is a weakness because the whole point of a sporting contest is to determine the better side, but here it can be determined by a brilliant cameo. This does make a strength though, in that the lesser side always has a chance and unpredictable results are therefore more likely. You could make a case for any one of the Test nations to win this tournament, and even Ireland and Afghanistan will be eyeing the big boys in their group and fancying their chances. So, as open a tournament as you could hope for that will probably be decided by sporadic moments of brilliance. Should be fun.

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (September 16, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

As an England fan I hope that Buttler will do well but I'm a bit confused as to why he is getting so much attention, he is promising but unproven and one good over has not changed that.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Kudos David on your HP adoration. Love this article simply for that.

@Mihil Ranathunga - Tell me about it.Very infuriating that term, "tuk-tuk" is.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Here we go, another English cricketer being overrated by the english press after just 1 over of hitting.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (September 16, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

O come on @jonesy2 he is a seriously good player like fawad alam , imrul kyse , steve tikolo, alton chogombora . Because they all had atleast 1 good over in their carrier LOL

Posted by bambooapolooza on (September 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

It makes me laugh seeing the Saffas et al laying into Buttler. If you actually read the article it mentions that his international record is poor and that it was only one innings. What this is about is the fact that his innings has thrust him into the limelight. This is undeniable.

Anyway, I think he will prove a few doubters wrong. I have followed him a lot at Somerset and the boy really has some big hitting talent. Unfortunately, big hitters by their very nature will not be consistent at this level.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

@jonesy2 Yes there has, I cant believe my eyes either.... might be a book coming out when he makes his first half century too.

Posted by landl47 on (September 16, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

I see we have comments here from a couple of the usual England bashers. @jonesy2: why don't you focus on whether Australia can stay above Ireland in the T20 standings? @TommyTuckerSaffa: toddle off and count the number of ODI and T20I World Cup finals South Africa has been in. Oh, you've finished already? That was quick.

Posted by o-bomb on (September 16, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

I can't help but feel this sort of article just puts unnecessary pressure on a young batsman with potential. I hope Buttler does well in the World T20.

Posted by RameshSubramaniam on (September 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

I am not sure about the Media, But if England set up suddenly talk about Butler after one 5 ball innings, then they are really in trouble. But if it is because of his domestic showings, then I think it is justified.

Posted by sharidas on (September 16, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

If I am not mistaken, it was the Zimbabwe player Marillier, who came up with this type of shot in the ODI's. A handy shot certainly for the final overs if one has wickets in hand. But still, are'nt the eulogies for Buttler a bit too much, considering that it was seen only in one International ? I still believe, it is the clean hitters who will do well, with such cameos useful at times.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 16, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

What's up with the english media?? We all saw that he could be tied up with some spin bowling, don't pull the trigger yet, next couple of weeks will show you the true colors of this guy!!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 16, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

So after 10 T20 caps Buttler finally hits a 'good 30' and he's now one of the 'most talked about players'? Still, I guess I haven't read an article comparing Broad and Swann to McGrath and Warne since before the test series, so good to see the media getting back to form.

Posted by Yevghenny on (September 16, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

this is pretty embarrassing hype for something that reeks of "Now we don't need Pietersen". Don't get me wrong I love Buttler in the side, being a somerset man, but he's got a long way to go - he'll get there - but pinning our hopes on him because of one over in a rain affected game is silly

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 16, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@Himanshu Gupta on (September 16 2012, 10:27 AM GMT) , that was, unless I'm mistaken, Bairstow's first experience in spin-friendly conditions. Buttler has had a reasonable CLT20 in India and a good Lions tour playing in SL against SL A, so he will have a better idea of what to expect. Besides that, everyone seems to think that the pitches in SL won't spin as much as they historically have, so that levels the playing field for those teams from less spin-friendly countries, i.e. England, Australia, SA and NZ.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 16, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

So many people have been saying that England have no chance without KP. Well, Buttler's last innings is an example of why they do have a chance. Obviously he will have to score runs a reasonable clip more regularly to come close to KP but you have to do something once before you can do it regularly. Even if players like Hales, Bairstow and Buttler only pick up part of the slack left by KP then England may be better off than they were previously overall.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

I think that it's quite funny (read: pathetic) how some people seem to think that a player didn't exist before they saw him play internationally. The fact is that Buttler is an obviously talented young player who has been showing very good form in domestic limited-overs cricket and those who have seen him have been expecting/hoping to see him translate that to the international stage. In limited opportunities prior to his last game he hadn't managed to do that but this last innings is a good indication that he is capable of being a genuine force. It was only one brief innings but none of the naysayers wouldn't be excited if one of their batsmen had done the same thing. As for it having been against Parnell, anyone who has watched some T20 cricket knows that there are plenty of bowlers around no better than Parnell, so Buttler will definitely have a chance to repeat his antics, even if he can only do it against lesser bowlers.

Posted by TurningSquare on (September 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

You really have no idea do you. Jos Buttler has been a sensational player in county cricket for several years now, just take a look at his one day stats over 1,000 runs at an average of 60 and all at strike rate of around 120! This article is not based on one innings. This kid can play so stop your hateful remarks about England, we respect all other nations and play the game fair yet seem to the 'In' team to abuse.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Jos Buttler is no mediocre player. He's consistently scored runs in the 2 shortest formats of the game for quite a few years now with Somerset. His failings in International Cricket before he hit Parnell for 30 of one over was due to a lack of confidence & the fact that he's now got a brilliant knock under his belt should give him the confidence (what he normally thrives on) to go & do it consistently for England in the Twenty20 format & possibly the 50 over format as well. I don't want to put too much pressure on him as he's still a very young player but he's certainly got the capability & skill to do it. He's a fine player of spin & scores his runs at a brilliant strike rate. He IS the one to watch out for England in this years ICC World Twenty20...

Posted by Hammond on (September 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

@jonesy2- so terribly annoyed that he wasn't born in Joburg aren't you?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

We never call that vehicle tuk-tuk in SL. We call it from the generic english word. three-wheel, that's it. tuk-tuk? Sounds silly to me! Don't say it, just say three-will eka you would probably get a better bargain!!

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 16, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Here we go again. The English media machine kicks into action and sings songs of praise for a batsman with an awful International T20 record, has one good over against an inconsistent Parnell and is now heralded as a 'one to watch out for.....'

..."After one brief but violent assault he has instantly become one of the most talked-about players in town...." fictional writing at its best.

Posted by the_wallster on (September 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank - He played in the Champions League last season and played the spinners there fine. Hitting many a boundary and a couple of sixes - one of them leaving the stadium at 109m (i think it was against nicky boje). He'll be fine out there.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

butler u are awaited here. wat ha[ppened to bairstow was seen by evryone in india last winter

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

has there seriously just been article written about some english player who had one good ove against wayne parnell who is every batsmens favourite bowler? embarrassing to say the least the way england hype up the most mediocre players of theirs.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Welcome to sub-continent, Butler. Will be interesting to see how you handle spinners.

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