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Jos Buttler ‘in a good zone’ in overwhelming England hits Australia in T20 World Cup

As the T20 World Cup took in the role of Jos Buttler in England’s eight-field thrashing against Australia on Saturday night, the superlatives were wearing thin.

One of the best in the world, said Eoin Morgan. A genius, Liam Livingstone acknowledged. Even Australia’s captain Aaron Finch had to admit, through slightly clenched teeth, that his team had been at the end of an “exceptional blow”.

On Sunday, Adil Rashid, the leg spinner, added his voice to the hosannas: “We are very lucky to have him on our team.”

Jos Buttler played a vital role in England's eight-field beating of Australia on Saturday.

Jos Buttler played a vital role in England’s eight-field beating of Australia on Saturday.

England captain Eoin Morgan (right) described Buttler as 'one of the best in the world'

England captain Eoin Morgan (right) described Buttler as 'one of the best in the world'

England captain Eoin Morgan (right) described Buttler as ‘one of the best in the world’

POSSIBLE ENGLAND XI VERSUS SRI LANKA

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wkt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (captain), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.

Buttler himself tends not to beat his own drum, but even he was glad to analyze the state of mind that had allowed him to kill Australia by an undefeated 71 of 32 balls, with five fours and five sixes, most several rows in. the Dubai. International Cricket Stadium.

“Once you get into that punch mode, you just allow yourself to move on,” he said. Sometimes you think you will brake again and then you realize that you are being half-hearted.

“So with the position we were in, it was more that I was just going to move on and keep trying to take advantage of being in a good zone.”

With England preparing to take on Sri Lanka on Monday in Sharjah, where victory will virtually guarantee their place in the semi-finals, Buttler has emphatically underscored his reputation as one of the white ball wonders of the day.

In fact, ever since he took a breather from international T20 cricket in 2019 to focus on the 50+ format, he has been unstoppable in the 20+ game.

In 19 games between February 2020 and Saturday night, he has scored 724 runs at 55, with a strike rate of 145, eight fifty and 30 sixes. In all respects except strike rate, he is ahead of all his teammates. For an England team full of shock and awe, it’s quite a feat.

While Australia’s bowlers took turns looking helpless, Buttler remained unmoved as he finished with the only competition score above 50 achieved in better than two runs per ball.

“The mental side of things is something I try to work on a lot,” he said. I try to have complete confidence and access that area. It’s good to run your hands over a few again and have fun and have freedom.

Buttler was happy to analyze the state of mind that had allowed him to massacre Australia

Buttler was happy to analyze the state of mind that had allowed him to massacre Australia

Buttler was happy to analyze the state of mind that had allowed him to massacre Australia

He finished with the only score higher than 50 in the competition achieved in more than two runs per ball.

He finished with the only score higher than 50 in the competition achieved in more than two runs per ball.

He finished with the only score higher than 50 in the competition achieved in more than two runs per ball.

You practice it and the confidence stays. The adrenaline is wearing off, but you’re still trying to stay pretty level in your brain and relaxed in the upper half. ‘

It seems strange now to recall the debate, not long ago, about Buttler’s best place in the order. The statistics look more unambiguous with each entry.

As a T20 starter, he has 988 runs in nearly 55, with a strike rate of 149 and 11 out of fifty. In other positions lower down the order, it is 996 to 23, a strike rate of 133 and four of fifty. Case closed, you would think.

And his association with Jason Roy has been one of the driving forces behind England’s number one ranking. Four times this year they have already started with a half-century position, including a throbbing 66 of 6.2 overs on Saturday, of which Roy’s participation was 21.

“You get pretty inspired by Jason on the other end when he’s running the first ball against Hazlewood and running against Cummins,” Buttler said. “These are the best bowlers and the way he can assert himself is inspiring.”

His association with Jason Roy has been one of the driving forces behind England's No.1 ranking.

His association with Jason Roy has been one of the driving forces behind England's No.1 ranking.

His association with Jason Roy has been one of the driving forces behind England’s No.1 ranking.

The correlation between a one-off T20 crash and a potential 25-day Ashes, still five weeks away, may be tenuous, but with Australia’s test pace attack, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, in performance on Sunday. Buttler could have placed some kind of marker?

“I don’t know,” he smiled. “Maybe I should try to play the same way, I could be a little more successful.” But couldn’t the tickets have done any harm? “No,” he agreed.

Mark Wood and Tom Curran remain 50-50 to be available for Monday’s game as they recover from ankle and knee injuries, respectively, but England will consider giving David Willey his first match of the tournament after his arm mate left Tymal Mills had a day off. against Australia.

Mills had 45 in his four overs (none of his teammates conceded more than 23) and Morgan can decide to see if Willey can find any early swings in the Gulf air.

His team have not lost a T20 match against Sri Lanka since 2014, and in June beat them 3-0 at home. It would be a big surprise if they took England down now.

Buttler insisted his hit against Mitchell Starc did no harm before the Ashes this winter.

Buttler insisted his hit against Mitchell Starc did no harm before the Ashes this winter.

Buttler insisted his hit against Mitchell Starc did no harm before the Ashes this winter.

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