Jos Buttler continues to open the at bat while England is preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup
- Jos Buttler’s position at the top of the order has been examined
- Many think Buttler, who has hit the top seven, is best used as a finish
- Statistics show that he was more effective than open
England will continue with Jos Buttler at the top of the order as they build the Twenty20 World Cup this fall.
His selection as an opening batsman was examined during the current series against South Africa, as it led Dawid Malan to kick his heels in the dug-out and positioned Joe Denly, a batsman who scores under a run of a ball. in one of the last roles in which Buttler has proven so effective in the past.
When asked whether it might be time for reassessment, the English captain Eoin Morgan gave a clear response: “Not before Sunday, certainly not. Jos is one of our biggest cricket players with white balls, as a batsman, let alone with the gloves.
England will continue with Jos Buttler at the top of the order in preparation for the World Cup
“We believe that he, Jason (Roy) and Jonny (Bairstow) are our top three right now, forward.”
Buttler’s flexibility has seen him operate in the top seven in his nine-year international career.
Statistics show that he was more effective as an opening batsman than lower, although his average of 40.14 – as opposed to one of 23.71 – is skewed by the fact that he hit three 50’s in his first three innings. Since then he has made a total of 78 runs in five.
Morgan believes that in the long run he will cause the most damage to England by facing as many balls as possible, something he told his vice captain prior to this series.
Buttler’s success rate of 156.98 in that position also fits into team tactics to eliminate the blocks as Roy and Bairstow were on their way to 50-over World Cup glory last summer.
Statistics show that Buttler was more effective as an opening batsman than lower
In that respect, Malan, publicly criticized for refusing a bye to run the chance to get out of the last ball of his most recent New Zealand appearance, seems the perfect fit. After all, he has the fifth highest strike rate in the international history of T20.
The left-handed man has only done nine gigs and a measure of his concentrated success is that only Morgan, Alex Hales, Buttler and Kevin Pietersen have passed more than his six times 50 for England.
But unlike his rivals of the highest order, Malan begins to cautiously begin before he explodes into life.