Southampton, July 14
England head coach Chris Silverwood has thrown his weight behind struggling Jos Buttler, saying he regarded good with the bat within the first Test and shall be given “the best chance to succeed” within the the rest of the sequence.
Buttler, a wicket-keeper batsman, has not scored a fifty in his final 12 Test innings and likewise dropped Jermaine Blackwood, who ended up scoring match-winning 95 for West Indies within the first Test.
Former England seamer Darren Gough believes Buttler’s place within the crew is below risk and he “has got two Test matches to save his career”.
“I’m not going to go down that road yet of putting Jos under pressure, because I don’t think it’s going to help him. So, first and foremost, we want to give Jos the best opportunity to succeed,” stated Silverwood.
“(Jos) looked brilliant coming into this game, in practice and everything. He looked very good in the first innings. He just needs to go and make those big scores now, doesn’t he? Which he knows as well.”
The 45-year-old Silverwood stated it was all about giving Buttler the boldness with the hope that he would come good within the subsequent match.
“From our point of view, it’s just making sure that he feels confident in the environment he’s in. We’ll give him the best chance to succeed really. The rest of it is, he has a good day out, gets some runs, hopefully the rest will be history – he’ll go on from there.”
Talking about wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who’s ready for a chance to play, Silverwood stated: “… you’re right, we have got a very, very good gloveman in Ben Foakes out there, which we’re lucky to have.”
Another participant who struggled within the opening Test towards the West Indies is top-order batsman Joe Denly and he is likely to be dropped for the second Test with common skipper Joe Root returning following the start of his second little one.
Denly scored 18 and 29 within the opening Test, whereas batting at no 4 Zak Crawley impressed with a high rating of 76 within the second innings.
“We’re all desperate to see Joe do really well. We can see he’s trying hard, he’s training hard. He’s a great bloke hence why we all went to see him do well, but obviously he’s under pressure a little bit, yeah,” Silverwood stated.
“Zak is bettering always. He definitely confirmed maturity and the innings he performed was superb. We have some younger gamers in that facet that appear to have good heads on their shoulders, and he is considered one of them,” stated the coach.
“We’d have all loved to have seen him go on and get up to three figures but what we did was very good and helped us get into the position that we did.” The second Test shall be held on the Old Trafford starting on Thursday. PTI