England’s Test captain, Joe Root has been all praise for wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. Root has even hailed Buttler as the complete white-ball batsman England has ever had. Jos Buttler has been in terrific form for England in limited-overs cricket. He made a crucial half-century in the World Cup final and also came out to bat in the Super over with Ben Stokes.
The right-hander is also regarded as the best finisher currently in world cricket. Buttler’s strike rate of 119 and an average of 39 in ODIs is a testament to his finishing abilities. He is arguably the most destructive opener in T20 cricket; he opens in the shortest format of the game for England and Rajasthan Royals.
I still don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet: Joe Root
Joe Root while talking in The Analyst’s Virtual Cricket Club, an initiative set-up by Simon Hughes to support the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, explained why Buttler in his opinion is the best white-ball batsman England has seen.
Root said Buttler is a player who can adapt to all kinds of situations in an innings, is so destructive that he can demoralize bowling attacks and take the game away from them very quickly.
Root even compared Buttler style of play with AB de Villiers. Buttler currently averages 33 in Test cricket, and Root believes that he will get even better than what we have seen.
“Jos has been the most complete white-ball batsman we’ve had ever. The way he can play a number of different scenarios. He can just demoralise attacks and very quickly swing games massively in your favour.
“I think he’s a phenomenal player and I still don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. Hopefully, this summer in Test cricket can unlock doors for him. I saw a piece about AB de Villiers and he said it took him 50 Tests to work out his Test game. I think it’s very similar to Jos, to be honest”, Root said.
England and West Indies were the first team to play international cricket post the resumption of cricket in the pandemic era. England made a comeback after losing the first Test and won the series 2-1 and took away the Wisden Trophy.