ENG v PAK 2019: In-form Jos Buttler "envious" of Joe Root's consistency for England 

Buttler has been outstanding with the bat in recent times.

Jos Buttler | Getty

Jos Buttler maybe receiving accolades from all corners for his dangerous form and ability to pulverise bowling attacks, but the man himself still wishes to reach another level with his batting. 

Buttler struck an unbeaten 55-ball 110* to help England post a huge first innings total of 373/3 and win the second ODI against Pakistan in Southampton on Saturday (May 11). The 28-year-old added big to his tally, which in the last one year reads; 681 runs at 75.66 with a strike rate of 128 from 20 matches, including three of his eight one-day hundreds. 

Of course, before arriving home, Buttler enjoyed another prolific IPL season with the bat for Rajasthan Royals. He opened the innings in eight games and struck 311 runs at an average of 38.87 and a strike-rate of 151.70. 

"That IPL season gave me huge amounts of confidence to play in that way and ride the back of that wave for all of the last summer. Realising that you can keep doing it," he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz

The highly ambitious Buttler, however, seeks further improvements in his game as he wants to be more consistent for England, assimilating good qualities of various players from around the world including his own teammate Joe Root. "There are other guys around the world who you watch and you're very envious of. Joe Root is a great example in our own changing room of a guy who does it day in, day out. That was a big realisation for me that I should chase that more than I probably was."

"In the last few years, I've had some brilliant experiences. A couple more years older and worked things out a bit better, managing to drip feed them into my game really well."

"Really chase that consistency and want to perform every day. That's been a big part of the last few years to try and be more consistent. When you manage to do that a couple of times, it breeds the confidence that you can do it for an elongated period of time," he added. 

The third ODI of the five-match series begins on Tuesday (May 14) in Bristol. 


By Kashish Chadha - 13 May, 2019

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