Jos Buttler hit 85 on Test debut against India at Southampton  © Getty Images
Jos Buttler hit 85 on Test debut against India at Southampton © Getty Images

Jul 29, 2014

Jos Buttler celebrated his Test debut with an attacking half-century and gave hope to England for a bright future. Buttler was great to watch as he took the attack to the Indian bowling and thrilled the fans, at a time when the other batsmen continued to accumulate the runs. Michael Atherton, the former England captain believes that Buttler adds a good flavour to the England line-up with his attacking instinct.

Atherton was quoted by Sky Sports, “He showed glimpses of the special talent that people have talked about and his ability to change a game is important as the criticism of Alastair Cook’s team is that it is a little dull. With the winter and the Kevin Pietersen situation, there has been a little bit of disgruntlement and people saying: ‘I don’t want to watch this team. But with Buttler whacking the ball out of the park, England might have found a player who empties bars rather than fills them.”

Buttler was picked for the third Test against India at Southampton after Matt Prior withdrew due to injury. Prior had been through a tough phase and there were calls to replace him even before the Test series against Sri Lanka. Buttler had done very well in one-day cricket and smashed the fastest ton for his country in the format earlier this year. Against India at Southampton, Buttler smashed 85 off 83 balls with nine fours and three sixes.

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