Jos Buttler raised attention in a recent training session when he batted left-handed against Ben Stokes.
All of the best cricket teams are preparing for the 2022 T20 World Cup, which begins later this month. England is among the teams who are potential frontrunners for the championship. The squad, captained by Jos Buttler, is presently visiting Australia and trounced the hosts by eight runs on Sunday. Buttler is back as captain, opening batsman, and wicketkeeper for England as they prepare to start their campaign for Twenty20 World Cup gold. With a calf injury, the white ball hero missed his side’s recent 4-3 series triumph in Pakistan, and in his absence, Alex Hales and Phil Salt shone at the top of the batting order, with Salt grabbing the gloves.
Buttler, on the other hand, got 68 points off 32 balls in the T20I victory over Australia. He appears to be in peak condition for the T20 World Cup. Buttler drew attention in a recent training session when he batted left-handed against Ben Stokes.
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Ben Stokes bowls to England left-handed opener Jos Buttler. 😮 #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/NLtmRDINdh— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 11, 2022
The 32-year-old started with Hales in the first T20I, smashing 68 off 32 balls as England overcame the World Cup hosts and holders by eight runs in Perth. Buttler and Test skipper Ben Stokes, who was not in the team in Pakistan, will contribute to an already powerful batting lineup, which also includes all-rounder Liam Livingstone and “death-overs” specialist Chris Jordan.
Buttler, who took over as England’s white-ball captain from Eoin Morgan earlier this year, is looking to lead the reigning 50-over world champions to their second T20 title, 12 years after their first.
England’s Test squad has shone in recent months under Stokes, but Buttler and new white-ball coach Matthew Mott have struggled to find success, despite being rated second in T20 cricket.
England lost T20 and ODI series against India in July before drawing an ODI series against South Africa and being defeated by the Proteas in the ensuing T20 series. These performances raised concerns about whether Buttler, a member of England’s winning 50-over World Cup side in 2019, was being expected to play too many roles.
With 238 runs at a strike rate of 163, Harry Brook, who played number five in Pakistan, complicated the discussion over where all-rounder Ben Stokes will slot in the lineup. Brook was England’s highest run-scorer on tour.
Buttler has made it plain that he wants Stokes to bat as high as possible in the order, and he was brought in at number three against Australia, who are in England’s Super 12 group at the event.
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