'I really missed T20 cricket' - Jos Buttler leads England to series win over Australia

Wicketkeeper hits unbeaten 77 during six-wicket win on Sunday

Jos Buttler of England hits a six against Australia during the second T20 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Getty
Jos Buttler of England hits a six against Australia during the second T20 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Getty

Jos Buttler admitted he had missed playing Twenty20 cricket and revealed the recent success of his England team-mates helped drive him on in the second international with Australia.

The wicketkeeper carried his bat to score 77 not out and secure a 2-0 series victory for Eoin Morgan's side after they successfully chased down 158 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

England, set 158 to win, finished on 158-4 with seven balls to spare.

They needed 18 off the last two overs. Australia had failed to score 19 off two overs in a dramatic two-run defeat in the first game on Friday.

But England got there in five balls from Adam Zampa, with Moeen Ali hitting a six and a four off successive deliveries from the leg-spinner.Buttler finished the match with a huge straight six off Zampa.

Buttler faced just 54 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, for his highest score in a T20 international, surpassing 73 not out against Sri Lanka at Southampton four years ago.

It was Buttler's highest international score in the sprint format and backed up an impressive summer of Test cricket where he hit 152 against Pakistan in addition to a couple of half-centuries after calls for him to be dropped.

While the 29-year-old bats down the order in red-ball cricket, his favoured position in T20 is at the top but there was some debate about whether he would open following Tom Banton's exploits last month.

Morgan kept faith with England's gloveman and he has been vindicated with scores of 44 and now an unbeaten 77 during this series with Australia.

Buttler said: "It is amazing how it can turn around isn't it if you hang in there long enough?

"I have really missed playing T20 cricket and I was looking forward to this series because it has been a long time since I played white-ball cricket. It is something I really enjoy playing, I love the format and I am feeling in good touch.

"When you play against Australia it gives you a lot of determination to play well and I think the competition for places in the side has really been driving me as well.

"The guys have been coming in and playing well and when you miss out, you feel that pressure so to come back in you feel like you have to play well."

Published: September 6, 2020 11:04 PM

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