Andrew Flintoff reckons this English cricketer is lucky to be playing Test cricket
"I wouldn’t say he has cemented his spot but he is going to be there for a while now," Andrew Flintoff added.
Updated - Jun 6, 2018 2:50 pm
Former English cricketer Andrew Flintoff recently looked very critical on his opinions about the English cricket. Team England recently hosted Pakistan in a two-match Test series. They were humiliated by the visitors in the first Test at Lord’s by 9 wickets. The hosts came back strong in Headingley to register an innings win to level the series. Despite the win, the former all-rounder reckons that team England largely under-performed.
He feels that they should have won the Test at Lord’s as well. Furthermore, while the cricketing fraternity is praising the efforts of one new recruit in the Test scheme of things for the English side, Andrew Flintoff believes that the player is just lucky enough to be playing the longest format of the game. His words will certainly not be a morale booster for the player in the frame as he is looking to regain his place in the side.
The player who has apparently still not pleased Flintoff is Jos Buttler. Buttler had a phenomenal run in the IPL this season. He earned a Test recall after a couple of years. He scored a gutsy unbeaten 80 in the Headingley Test. Also, he had scored a fine fifty in Lord’s. But Flintoff is apprehensive about the longevity of Buttler’s success in the longest format of the game.
“Buttler is lucky to be playing Test cricket. He has got to take his chance and he has grabbed it with both hands, I wouldn’t say he has cemented his spot but he is going to be there for a while now,” Andrew Flintoff quoted as per the quotes in Sportskeeda.
On the English performance
The remarks on Buttler are due to the reputation that the wicketkeeper-batsman has created for himself. He has associated a tag of limited overs specialist for himself. Hence, it will take some time for the people to digest him a s Test cricketer. Commenting on the English performance, Andrew Flintoff noted that it was a good win but it could have been way better had they performed to their potential in the Lord’s Test.
“It was an important win and they played quite well, but I think they will be kicking themselves. They should have won at Lord’s as well. After the first Test match, everyone was talking up Pakistan and they were alright. I think we just under-performed. The signs are good for England, but let’s not get carried away,”