Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting paid his tribute to Jos Buttler after the wicket-keeper batsman played the innings of his life rescuing England from a loss against Australia in the fifth ODI match by 1 wicket at Old Trafford.
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.
‘You will go a long way to see better innings,’ former Australia captain Ponting told Sky Sports. ‘He might not play a better inning all throughout his career. ‘England might just want to think about at a certain time in the game, if they are none or one down at the 35-over mark, for instance, Buttler goes in regardless. He is just too good at the end.’ Ponting added.
Australian seamers Billy Stanlake and Kane Richardson both took three wickets each but Jos Buttler saved England to lose the fifth match and clinched the 5-match series by 5-0.
‘It was mesmerising, with Buttler playing probably at the top of his game,’ England skipper Eoin Morgan said. ‘His batting with the lower order was exceptional. Ponting added.
‘It took all of his experience and everyone in that changing room is very proud of what he did. Jos really did pull something special out to get us over the line. It was outstanding. ‘He’s in control – he’s a very cool, calculated customer with a lot of ability. In this white-ball team, he is a key part'. Ricky Ponting concluded.
India's tour of England will kick off from July 3 where both the teams will be playing a full-fledged series comprising of 3T20Is, 3ODIs and 5 Tests. The series will kick off with the first T20I to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester.
(Inputs from Metro)