‘We stayed calm… there was never any frantic hitting’: Jos Buttler believes England’s composure allows them to chase down any score after T20 series victory against South Africa
- Jos Buttler says England’s ability to remain calm means they can chase any score
- Tourists’ 223-run pursuit at Centurion was the second biggest in their history
- Eoin Morgan’s heroics helped settle the T20 series against South Africa
- And Buttler believes that the captain’s composure helped England claim victory
Jos Buttler says England’s ability to remain calm under pressure means they can chase down any score.
The successful 223-run pursuit at Centurion which settled the Twenty20 series versus South Africa was the second biggest in their history and was completed with five balls unused.
‘Having done it before it gives you belief, and with the characters and the attitude that the team has I don’t feel there is anything that we feel like we cannot achieve,’ Buttler said.
Jos Buttler believes England’s ability to remain calm allows them to chase down any score
‘We stayed calm. There was never any frantic hitting and Eoin Morgan sums that up brilliantly. He is hitting the ball into the stands but his demeanour is that he is still in complete control. His emotions don’t go up or down with the game.’
England’s back-to-back wins to claim a 2-1 win – following the flunked first match in East London when they failed to make seven from the final seven balls – came on hard, bouncy surfaces, not dissimilar to those that will be presented to them at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October.
They are also developing a happy knack of coming out on top in must-win matches, as they did towards the back end of last summer’s glorious 50-over campaign.
England claimed a 2-1 series win against South Africa after captain Eoin Morgan’s heroics
The tourists’ successful 223-run pursuit at Centurion was the second biggest in their history
‘You learn to win crunch moments. It is a nice habit to get over the line. This was another one of those pressure moments to win a game that was a final in effect,’ Buttler, who returned to form with 57, said.
Meanwhile, South Africa coach Mark Boucher has hinted that AB de Villiers could soon return to T20 international cricket.
‘I’ve had chats with him. We’ll learn pretty soon what’s going to happen with AB. I’d like to have our best players. AB is in good form and if he makes himself available and if he’s the best man for the job then he must go,’ said Boucher, of the prospect of having the destructive batsman at this year’s World Cup.