Proteas

Buttler eager to pummel SA bowlers

2016-02-04 16:12
Jos Buttler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is eager to take his form with the bat into Saturday’s second ODI against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

Buttler smashed 105 from 76 balls in the first ODI in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, helping England to a mammoth 399/9 in 50 overs and an eventual 39-run Duckworth-Lewis victory.

Remarkably Buttler's fourth ODI ton was also his slowest, as he took 73 balls to reach the milestone, although that statistic says more about the astonishing brevity of his previous three efforts.

“The longer that can continue the better obviously,” Buttler, who admits he was raring to go after being a non-playing member of England's Test party for the last six weeks, told the ECB’s official website.

“I haven't played a game for a while, and I've been on this tour and training hard and I was really excited to get out there today.

“I love trying to score my runs as fast as I can and anytime you score a hundred for England it's so special - what a feeling to do it in the first game of the series and that should really set me up for the rest of the series too.

“Start again in the next game but obviously with the confidence coming off the back of this innings.”

The second ODI at St George’s Park is scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday.

 

 

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