Jos Buttler is determined to repay the faith shown in him as a Test cricketer after admitting he is past the age where he can be picked on potential alone.
Aged 29, with 41 caps and having been England’s first-choice wicketkeeper since the end of last summer, Buttler was retained by the selectors for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka during a winter averaging 17 with the bat.
Ed Smith, the national selector, and Chris Silverwood, the coach, have hinted Buttler will continue behind the stumps for the two-Test tour despite Ben Foakes, the Man of the Series in Sri Lanka just over a year ago and considered the superior wicketkeeper, getting a squad berth ahead of Jonny Bairstow.
Jos Buttler Affirms His Commitment To Test Cricket:
“I haven’t quite played as well as I would have liked [this winter], but you don’t become a bad player overnight so I’m looking to repay some faith and get back to playing my best cricket,” Buttler was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I’m very committed to Test cricket. It’s the best form of the game; it’s the hardest form of the game. That’s what makes it – when you have good moments they are the most rewarding,” he added.
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In five matches against New Zealand and South Africa combined, Buttler has managed a top score of 45.
“I’ve got massive self-belief in myself, and a lot of it is about fulfilling potential,” Buttler remarks.
“I’m too old now to get picked on potential but I feel that I haven’t got to the level I know I can get to, and that’s a big driver for me. That’s my aim every time I turn up to practice, to try and get better and try and reach that level I am capable of. I’ve always maintained that belief,” he concluded.
Since 2014, Buttler has represented England in 41 Tests. He went on to amass 2,127 runs at an average of 31.7.
Also, he had registered 15 half-centuries and a hundred in 73 Test innings.