MS Dhoni and Jos Buttler © AFP
MS Dhoni and Jos Buttler © AFP

England have whitewashed Australia  in the 5-match ODI series. In the last ODI, the visitors had an upper hand when they reduced the host to 114 for 8 defending 206. It was Jos Buttler who rose to fame taking England home with his unbeaten knock of 110. He constructed a crucial 81 run eight wicket partnership with Adil Rashid (20) to ensure a win for England.

MS Dhoni for long was considered as the best keeper-batsman but Tim Pain believes currently it is Jos Buttler when it comes to limited overs cricket. “He’s (Jos Buttler) good, he’s very good. Right now, he’d have to be the best white-ball wicket-keeper batsman in the world.”

“I don’t think there’s too many guys to challenge him. MS Dhoni is pretty good, but at this moment, Jos is at the absolute peak of his powers. He understands his one-day game so well and knows his strengths inside out and just doesn’t go away from him.”

Buttler scored 275 runs in the series with three not-outs including scores of 91*, 54* and 110*. Buttler gained his form after he was promoted to open the batting for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He scored nearly 600 runs this IPL season.

England outplayed Australia in every aspect this series. The one thing that stood out for the host was the opening partnership between Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. “He’s someone for our batters to watch and see first hand. Those experiences are going to be really good for D’Arcy Short or Travis Head to see him and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy at their best,” Paine concluded.