Chris Silverwood, England coach, has thrown his weight firmly behind the under-fire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, adding that he will be given ‘the best chance to succeed’ in the remainder of the series.
Butter had a forgettable opening Test in Southampton where he managed just 38 runs across two innings besides dropping the crucial catch of Jermaine Blackwood, who went on to score a match-winning 95 in the second innings.
Jos Buttler hasn’t scored a half-century in his last 12 Test innings and former English fast bowler Darren Gough believes he has just 2 matches to save his Test career.
But Silverwood isn’t ready to go down that route just yet as he feels that it won’t help Buttler’s cause one bit.
“I’m not going to go down that road yet of putting Jos under pressure, because I don’t think it’s going to help him. So, first and foremost, we want to give Jos the best opportunity to succeed,” Chris Silverwood was quoted by Cricket Australia.
“(Jos) looked brilliant coming into this game, in practice and everything. He looked very good in the first innings. He just needs to go and make those big scores now, doesn’t he? Which he knows as well.” he added.
‘We’ll give him [Jos Buttler] the best chance to succeed’- Chris Silverwood
The 45-year-old said that it is all about giving Jos Buttler the best possible chance to succeed.
“From our point of view, it’s just making sure that he feels confident in the environment he’s in. We’ll give him the best chance to succeed really. The rest of it is, he has a good day out, gets some runs, hopefully, the rest will be history” Chris Silverwood said.
When asked about reserve wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, Silverwood said that England is lucky to have a gloveman like him.
“You’re right, we have got a very, very good gloveman in Ben Foakes out there, which we’re lucky to have,” he said.
The second Test between England and West Indies will start from Thursday, July 16 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.