Buttler will continue to open the at bat while England opposes calls to experiment for the T20 World Cup
Jos Buttler continues to open the at bat while coach Chris Silverwood and captain Eoin Morgan of England oppose calls to experiment for the T20 World Cup
- Buttler has the support of Morgan and enjoys the best T20 form of his career
- England is expected to call the same top six against South Africa on Friday
- Saqib Mahmood could replace fellow sailor Tom Curran in Kingsmead
Jos Buttler wants to lead the way when England starts in October with his bid for Twenty20 World Cup glory.
England is ashamed of wealth when it comes to top-class ball attackers, but Buttler opened in 29 of his last 30 T20 innings and has the support of Captain Eoin Morgan, who made it clear that his vice before this series in South Africa Captain must proceed first.
England is expected to call the same top six in Kingsmead on Friday after South Africa caught a one-run raid on Wednesday in the opening game of three.
The great opener Jos Buttler (above) is supported by the English captain Eoin Morgan
The only change that England is considering is to bring in Saqib Mahmood for fellow sailor Tom Curran.
Buttler enjoys the best T20 form of his career since Rajasthan Royals promoted him from the middle order in 2018, with a speed of more than 150 runs per 100 balls.
But he is also England’s most important finisher and it must be recalled that Wednesday’s choke was not an isolated incident. It was the fourth in a row in which England had not eliminated its goal.
Morgan is not a reactive leader and rarely changes teams after defeats, but such a trend can lead to a reconsideration.
England is considering bringing in Saqib Mahmood for the second T20 international
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and Tom Banton, whose pummeling the new ball in Australian conditions in the Big Bash League is a good omen for the World Cup, are three alternative options.
With eight T20 games until England flies Down Under, there is enough time for players to beat themselves in and out of the fight.
But experiments will be kept to a minimum, with Morgan and head coach Chris Silverwood intending to refine a formula that served the same core players so well in one-day internationals over the past four years.
South Africa, on the other hand, wants to give blood to unblocked fast bowler Sisanda Magala this week, but was scanned for the first game when it did not meet the minimum fitness standards.
The 29-year-old is being tested again on Friday.