London - Trevor Bayliss ranks Jos Buttler in the "top
echelon" of players in the white-ball cricket after the he helped England
to an ODI series whitewash over Australia.
England coach Bayliss gave the wicketkeeper the highest
praise after Buttler played one of the most memorable ODI knocks in memory to
guide England to a thrilling one-wicket victory in the final game against the
Buttler scored 110 not out and it was his slowest ton in
ODIs - he took 122 balls - but it was perfect for the situation as Bayliss
praised his game awareness.
Bayliss said: "How well is Jos playing? It's
unbelievable. I can't really describe how good it is. Red ball, white ball, T20
- there are not too many better in the world at the minute.
"He's right up there in the top echelon. He's a bit
different to some of the guys I've worked with before, but he's devastating.
"He can play that role he did on Sunday, in smart
fashion, but when he needs to, he can pull the power out and put the foot down.
"And he's a smart guy. One of those players who looks
at the situation of the game. And he's a winner. He doesn't like losing, not
even in the football matches before the start.
"He hates to lose. Hopefully that can rub off on some
of the other guys higher up the order, who themselves have played some bloody
good cricket this series."
Buttler and England will now turn their attention to a one-off
T20I against Aussies which will be played in Birmingham on Wednesday.