Jos Buttler is the best white-ball middle order batsman in the world: Vaughan
The hard-hitting England batsman's heroics have begun earning him a lot of praise.
Published - Jan 21, 2018 5:30 pm | Updated - Jan 21, 2018 5:51 pm
England has sealed the ODI series against Australia following an impressive win over their arch-rivals in the third One-Dayer at the SCG. After an embarrassing 0-4 defeat in the Ashes, they have come back well in the tour. The Brits would surely be proud of their achievement since winning a series down under is no mere task for anyone in the cricketing fraternity.
However, it was far from an easy a win as England would have liked. Batting first, England were down to 189/6 in 38 overs. It looked tough for them to put up a big total on the board. However, keeper-batsman Jos Buttler took charge and scored a splendid century. He was the difference between the two sides and was rightly adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’. He received praise from all across the globe. Former England captain, Micheal Vaughan hailed him as the best in the business when it comes to white-ball cricket.
‘Buttler ahead of MSD’- Vaughan
Vaughan cited the brilliant century by Jos Buttler was a testimony of his skill. He added that this innings proves why he is the best middle-order batsman in the world. It was the slowest of his five ODI tons – three of the others feature in the four fastest ever made by Englishmen – but provided a timely reminder of his potency in the latter overs.
Vaughan reasoned that there was no better player at the number 5 slot in the batting order as opposed to Jos Buttler. “Buttler’s done this before for England. I remember in Dubai against Pakistan he just exploded from 50 to 100,” the former England captain told BT Sport. “He’s just got the gift, hasn’t he. I don’t there’s a better middle-order batsman in world white-ball cricket,” he further added.
He also opined that Buttler has gone ahead of former Indian captain, MS Dhoni. He felt that the 27-year old had a better approach to his innings that MSD. “The Indians will go nuts because they’ll say ‘there’s MS Dhoni’. Well, I think Buttler’s just gone ahead of MS Dhoni because of his approach and because of the power he brings,” he said.
He felt that ‘timing’ is everything and was highly impressed with Jos. “The timing for his team today – they were in a difficult situation – it was a very special partnership led by an unbelievable century from Jos,” he said. He was referring to the unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 113 between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.