It was very important for us to show a lot of character and fight: Jos Buttler

It was very important for us to show a lot of character and fight: Jos Buttler

He reckoned that both him and Stokes and the lower order showed great character.

Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The fourth day of the third Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge was spectacular for the visitors as Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul brought them towards the brink of a historical victory. The Indian bowlers were absolutely relentless with both their opening spells with the first and second new balls. There was also some resistance showed by the England batting duo of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes during their partnership of 169 runs.

We wanted to make things hard for India

After the day’s play, Buttler stated that it was really important for the hosts to show some fight with the bat and make the visitors work hard to get through the line. “It was very important for us to turn up today and show a lot of character and fight and not give it to India easily make them work hard.

We did that really well throughout the day – even the two guys there at the end, making sure we do come back tomorrow. It showed that, no matter what it is, we’re not going to roll over,” Buttler said to the media.

I had my doubts over playing Test cricket again

Earlier the wicket-keeper batsman was dropped from the Test side due to his poor form, however, Buttler came back superbly during his return, first in the series against Pakistan and then here in this series to score his maiden Test hundred. He mentioned that it has been a very emotional and delightful journey so far. The centurion also stated that he never thought of making such an impact on his return to Test cricket.

“It has been a long time coming, and a few months ago it was a million miles away. It’s a huge moment for me. I don’t think I can under-estimate that feeling. Personally, I’m delighted, a little bit lost for words. Definitely, to prove you can do it, I think that’s a huge part of the feeling of it,” he added.

“I was never sure if I’d ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you’re out there as well when you start to get close. I never thought this would happen, so I had to try and make sure it did. Definitely, there were times when I thought that race was run,” the England wicket-keeper batsman concluded.

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