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India vs England 2014: Jos Buttler should play his natural game, says Alastair Cook

Jos Buttler is set to make his Test debut at Southampton © Getty Images
Jos Buttler is set to make his Test debut at Southampton © Getty Images

London: Jul 27, 2014

England captain Alastair Cook has strongly recommended wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler not to change his attacking batting style when he goes up against India in his Test debut. Buttler, who has proved his steel in limited-overs cricket for England, said that he would play in a more controlled way. owever, Cook said that the reason Buttler got selected is because he scores so many runs playing his way, BBC reported.

The third Test between England and India at Southampton starts on Sunday, with the visitors leading 1-0 in the five-match series. Buttler was called up by England after Matt Prior stood down because of injury following defeat in the second Test at Lord’s. Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that Buttler should be named in the Test side after he scored England’s fastest One-Day International (ODI) ton against Sri Lanka in June.

Lancashire’s Buttler said that there would be a few shots that he might try and keep in the locker, and added that he is still going to be looking at scoring all the time and would probably have to do it in a more controlled and selective manner. Buttler averages 33.32 in First-Class cricket and 32.73 in 33 ODIs.

But, Cook, who feels otherwise, said that the worst thing anyone can do when they get to international cricket is to change the way one plays because that is not the reason they got selected. Cook said that Buttler has got to be comfortable in his way and they will back him to the hilt.

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