Jos Buttler revels in a magnificent century against Sri Lanka after the England star nearly booked the spot for Eoin Morgan’s team in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals
Jos Buttler said his century against Sri Lanka was one of his best international innings after England overcame the worst of conditions and an injury to Tymal Mills to nearly qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.
“He’s up to it,” he said after hitting an excellent 101, not 67 balls. “ To put on a performance at a World Cup, where all are must-win matches, I’m delighted to get over it. Sometimes it was difficult for me, but I used all my experience to stay patient. I trusted that he would come. ‘
England were defending a total for the first time in the tournament, which meant their players faced a constant scramble to catch the ball as the spray took hold of the Sri Lanka chase.
Jos Buttler has reveled in his man-of-the-match display for England against Sri Lanka
The wicketkeeper hit a sensational 101 runs on 67 balls to lead England to victory.
“It certainly can change the conditions,” Buttler said. “It is a great victory for us as a team. The previous three games, we won the draw and did what we wanted to do. Today we were in the worst extreme of conditions. Displays the ‘side character.
Captain Eoin Morgan added: ‘I thought Jos Buttler played one of his best innings in the England jersey. It was amazing to be on the other end and see only the ebb and flow, and then just the sheer domination at the end.
“He really is one of the best in the game, it is a privilege to play with him and it is great to have him on our team.”
England must decide if Mills can play any more role after straining his right quadriceps. David Willey and roving reserve Reece Topley are left arm seam bowling alternatives.
Elsewhere, England are sweating from the fitness of injured fast bowler Tymal Mills
English referee Michael Gough has been retired for six days by the ICC after breaking the World Cup biosafety bubble. Gough, 41, was replaced for the India versus New Zealand game by Marais Erasmus from South Africa.