England vs Pakistan: Jos Buttler confident of smashing more records in future after sensational ton in second ODI

Jos Buttler refused to put a limit on his rapid run-scoring as hosts England go in search of a first men's World Cup title.

Agence France-Presse, May 13, 2019 14:27:06 IST

Southampton: Jos Buttler refused to put a limit on his rapid run-scoring as hosts England go in search of a first men's World Cup title.

Despite appearing in every World Cup since the inaugural edition in 1975, England have never lifted the trophy, with the last of their three losing appearances in the final back in 1992.

Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 110 off just 55 balls in the second England-Pakistan ODI. Reuters

Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 110 off just 55 balls in the second England-Pakistan ODI. Reuters

But hopes are high that 2019 may finally be their year, with key batsman Buttler coming into form ahead of England's tournament opener against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May courtesy of a stunning century in a 12-run win over Pakistan in the second one-day international at Southampton on Saturday.

The 28-year-old went to three figures in just 50 balls, celebrating the landmark with a baby-rocking gesture as wife Louise and daughter Georgia looked on from the stands.

Only Buttler himself, with a 46-ball effort against Pakistan in November 2015, has scored a quicker ODI hundred for England. But the 28-year-old, who has five of England quickest 10 ODI hundreds to his credit, believes a new national record could be within his reach.

"Absolutely," he said following his match-winning 110 not out against Pakistan "When the opportunities arise, it gives you lots of confidence. We've seen other guys around the world show it's possible."

'Worked things out'

Buttler, England's one-day wicket-keeper, has also made his mark in global franchise tournaments such as the Twenty20 Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash.

"In the last few years, I've had some brilliant experiences.

"A couple more years older and worked things out a bit better, managing to drip-feed them into my game really well.

"I'm really chasing that consistency and want to perform every day. That's been a big part of the last few years to try and be more consistent."

While Buttler's World Cup place is assured barring injury, the same cannot be said for several of England's bowlers with the arrival of recently qualified Sussex quick Jofra Archer turning the five-match Pakistan series into something of a 'bowl-out'.

England are due to announce their 15-man squad for the World Cup at Lord's on May 21, with white-ball captain Eoin Morgan relishing the competition for places.

"I think they are all pushing each other," said Morgan ahead of Tuesday's third ODI in Bristol.

"It's a bit like our batting unit the last two or three years. Guys have come in and done well.

"And guys will miss out," the former Ireland batsman added.

Archer's arrival on the England scene has turned the spotlight on the likes of fellow quick bowlers Liam Plunkett and David Willey.

With Archer rested at Southampton, left-armer Willey took two important wickets in a fine return of two for 57 in his maximum 10 overs, with Plunkett returning figures of two for 64.

Updated Date: May 13, 2019 14:27:06 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254