News Article: Jos Buttler joined us at Barrington Sports

News Article

06 June 2014Jos Buttler joined us at Barrington SportsAuthor: Sam Walker

 Timing in cricket is everything; after Jos Buttler's controversial dismissal in the deciding one-day international against Sri Lanka the day before; he arrived at our Barrington Sports event as the most-talked-about international cricketer of the moment.

Quiet, softly-spoken and relaxed, Buttler's coaching sessions with local children - where they picked up technical tips and learnt his trademark scoops and flicks - proved very popular.

After a frenetic week of highs and lows with England, the opportunity to chat to young cricketers and get them involved in fun coaching drills looked like the ideal tonic.

After both group coaching and one-to-one sessions with photos and signings galore, it was time for a Q&A session, hosted by Dave Pennett from Kookaburra.

The reception of the Knutsford store was packed with mini journalists ready to ask searching questions and further enquiries flashed up on the big screen from Twitter.

The questions from the floor were exhaustive and revealed a career trajectory that began from his first hundred for Somerset at the age of just twelve to a thoughtful examination of the current approach to batting.

It was revealing - and refreshing - to learn that Jos Buttler trusts implicitly in his preparation and ability to execute any shot based on the match scenario.

So, in his own words, why not play one of his now-trademark scoops off his very first ball at the crease, if the field is up and the circumstances demand it?

A sharp intake of breath from those assembled was the reaction to one innocent question from a young fan: 'So...what happened in the last one-day international then?'

For a dexterous, attacking wicketkeeper-batsman used to facing the likes of Malinga and Johnson at full throttle, this still took some careful negotiating but the answer was every bit as deft:

“Hopefully something that will never happen in any of your games...”

The Q&A meandered into intriguing corners from food superstitions like avoiding duck to a candid admission of slight relief at not having to face Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes Tests.

More coaching followed afterwards with Jos urging the youngsters present to try and play these innovative shots in their next games, to general amusement. Just try stopping them.

Demand on England international cricketers nowadays is such that this was a real coup to get the Lancashire and England cricketer along to Knutsford.

As well as an insight into one of the country's most exciting cricket talents, it allowed the next generation of young players to be inspired which is never a bad thing.

As for Jos, Lancashire and England duty continues over the summer but the twenty-three year old from Taunton remains one to watch in all formats.


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