Coming off ‘best’ year ever, Jos Buttler confident in where his game is
Jos Buttler has carried a successful 2018 into the Big Bash League. © Getty

The England batsman Jos Buttler has described 2018 as “the best” he has ever batted, and as he heads into the biggest year of his career with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at home, the maverick believes he is in a very good space.

Buttler currently leads the KFC Big Bash League run table with 250 from five innings, an extension of the success he found in 2018. All three formats combined, he was England’s third-highest run-getter in 2018 with 1677.

“The last year is the best I’ve ever played for a prolonged period of time,” Buttler said on Wednesday.  “I’ve had some great experiences over the last year, and I’m probably at an age now where I understand my own game a lot better and I’m just trying to keep learning. I’ve had some great opportunities and met some fantastic people who I’ve learned a lot about cricket from. Over time you learn a lot more about yourself, so I’m trying to take that confidence into games.” (ALSO READ: England review – Resurgent in Tests, wonders with the white ball)

Since being recalled to England’s Test team in June after a bumper IPL run, Buttler scored 760 runs to finish 2018 at sixth place among all batsmen, with a maiden century and six fifties. He made 14, 67 and 80* in the drawn two-match series against Pakistan and against India scored 0, 1, 24, 39, 106, 21, 69 and 89 to be his team’s leading-run getter of the series. In the landmark 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka, Buttler 250 runs in six innings. His 760 runs are second to skipper Joe Root’s 948 for England last year.

In ODIs, Buttler made 671 in 18 innings at a strike-rate of 113.53, scoring two hundreds and four fifties. His best knock came in a sensational one-wicket win that completed the 5-rout of Australia. In T20Is, he made 246 at a strike-rate of 135.91.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence and quite a bit of clarity as well. That’s always something you fight with a little bit in the game. There’s that constant battle of trying to improve, but not losing what you’ve got and that kind of thing,” said Buttler. “It gives you a lot of clarity and you can make peace with it because this is what I’ve got, and I’m going to be the best version of myself and not get too caught up in what other people try to do. I’m just trying to enjoy my game and not have any expectations either.”