Former England captain, Michael Vaughan believes exceptional performance from Jos Buttler against Australia can inspire England to win the World Cup for the first time in cricketing history. Michael Vaughan says Jos Buttler provides England the best chance to clinch maiden World Cup glory.
Buttler's unbeaten 110 against Australia in the fifth ODI match saved England from losing the last One-Day against their arch-rivals. England beat Australia by 1 wicket in the last ODI match at Old Trafford to earn a 5-0 whitewash over the defending world champions.
They have never won a World Cup before but England's former captain, Michael Vaughan thinks Jos Buttler can easily take the home team to win its first ever World Cup.
"I look at the England side and Buttler is the one," Vaughan told BBC Radio's Test Match Special. Teams that win trophies have X-factor cricketers. He's right up there," he added. 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," Michael Vaughan added.
Australia tried to pull things back in the second innings after scoring a low total of 206, they fought their way back as they reduced England to 114 for 8 but they were not able to remove Jos Buttler from the crease. Buttler held his nerves and gathered 81 runs for the ninth wicket partnership with Adil Rashid.
"What he provides to the team is that calmness," said Vaughan of Buttler. "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."
England have huge chances for this upcoming World Cup next year, being the home team they will get an advantage to play in the home conditions.
"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 today -- in a real close game after Australia were favourites -- this means more. Everything is about building towards the World Cup but you've got to play cricket at the same time. We know that further down the line, with the World Cup, it's not about winning 5-0; it's about winning one-off games. Plucking today from nowhere shows that we've got that in us". Vaughan added.
The 2019 World Cup will kick start from May 30 where England will be playing against South Africa in the opener of the tournament.
(Inputs from Cricketnext)