England’s Jos Buttler admits feeling the strain over Test place

Manchester, July 25

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler stated on Saturday he had been stressing about his lack of Test runs and feeling the strain of mounting hypothesis about his place within the staff.

Buttler has a status as a swashbuckling batsman within the restricted over video games however had averaged solely 18 runs in his final seven Tests since changing Jonny Bairstow as wicketkeeper in New Zealand final November.

However, a half-century on the opening day of the third and last Test towards West Indies on Friday lifted a few of the stress, he stated earlier than resuming on the crease.

Asked if he had been fretting about his place, the 29-year-old Buttler stated: “Yes, naturally. But I think time in the middle gives you confidence and obviously I hadn’t been doing that.”

“But I think it’s more about doing a job for your team which I’m very aware of and if you are not quite performing as well as you want, you realise you’re not doing your job as well as you should be for your team.”

“I was definitely feeling pressure. I’ve played long enough now to understand when you’re under pressure and it’s on your shoulders and how to deal with it,” he stated.

Buttler appeared like a person feeling the burden as he performed a circumspect innings on Friday nevertheless it proved the right foil to the extra adventurous Ollie Pope, who was 91 not out when dangerous gentle ended play on Day 2.

Buttler’s 56 not out was his 16th Test half-century however he has solely hit a single ton – towards India at Trent Bridge two years in the past.

He made it clear he realised the significance of a tempered method within the crimson ball recreation.

“The only time I’ve had success at Test level is when I’ve trusted my defence. Lots of people expect me to play a certain way because of the way I play in one-day cricket but I’ve never seen Test cricket in that way,” he stated. Reuters


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