Former England skipper Michael Vaughan hailed Jos Buttler stating that he is the ‘X-Factor’ cricketer, which England requires to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, next year at their home den.
Meanwhile, Buttler has been in a sensational form guiding England to few wins in the recent past.
On Wednesday (June 27), he played a quickfire knock against Australia in a One-off T20I game at Edgbaston.
Buttler also made a surprising return to the Test team against Pakistan following his good show in the Indian Premier League (IPL), for its franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Buttler’s fine form has continued in both red-ball and white-ball formats for England. He notched up 275 runs in the recent ODI series, following two half-centuries against Pakistan.
Vaughan believes Buttler’s ability to do things which others can’t is a major reason why England are the front-runners to lift the coveted trophy.
“Teams that win trophies have X-Factor cricketers. I look at the England side and Buttler is the one. He’s right up there. I’ve got everything crossed that he doesn’t pick up an injury. If he’s fit next year, they’ve got the best chance they have ever had,” Vaughan told BBC’s Test Match Special.
Moreover, Vaughan represented England in two World Cup events and even led the team in the 2007 edition.
Veteran batter Vaughan talked highly of Buttler’s game and praised his game reading ability.
“What he provides to the team is that calmness. Whenever he is out there in the middle, he reads the game better than most. He knows, and the team know, that the opposition are scared of him more than most,” Vaughan continues.
England recently broke the record of a highest One-day International score as they racked up 481 runs against Australia.
However, Michael Vaughan feels the 5th ODI – which England won by one wicket – will prove more worthwhile to the side in the long run.
“Forget the 481 at Trent Bridge and the other hammerings – this game is one England will take more from. For them to get over the line – in a real close game after Australia were favourites – this means more,” he concluded.