Jos Buttler been the top scorer in four out of England's past five innings and scored his first Test century in the third match of the current series in Nottingham.
Jos Buttler been the top scorer in four out of England’s past five innings and scored his first Test century in the third match of the current series in Nottingham.

With another crucial innings with the tail, England’s No.7 Jos Buttler helped his team to good total of 332 after the visitors found themselves tottering at 198 for seven on day one of the fifth Test at The Kia Oval, London.

In the process, the wicketkeeper batsman took his aggregate in the series to 349 runs at an average of 43.62 prompting former England captain Mike Atherton to call Buttler England’s man of the summer.

“Buttler, recalled at the start of the summer, has been England’s man of the summer — he’s played beautifully throughout,” Atherton told AFP, adding, “He really puts the fear into the opposition because of how destructive he can be with the tail.”

Ed Smith recalled the talented batsman to Test duty in his first squad announcement as England’s new national selector in May, to face Pakistan.

He was adamant Buttler would prove to be the “right player at the right time” and bring unique qualities to the team.

Buttler, who made his debut in 2014, had last played Test cricket 18 months previously.

His patchy Test career was partly as a result of being viewed as both a wicket-keeper and a batsman but he was also pigeon-holed as a specialist limited-overs player.

Buttler holds the record for England’s fastest-ever one-day hundred — off 46 balls against Pakistan in 2015.

He has also made a huge splash in Twenty20 cricket, becoming one of the biggest stars in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

But over the English summer Buttler has emphatically demonstrated he belongs in the longest form of the game.

He has been the top scorer in four out of England’s past five innings and scored his first Test century in the third match of the current series in Nottingham.

In the two-Test series against Pakistan earlier this season, he was top-scorer for England with an average of more than 80.

(With AFP inputs)