News Article: Kookaburras Buttler Provides a Glimmer of World Cup Hope

News Article

21 November 2015Kookaburras Buttler Provides a Glimmer of World Cup HopeAuthor: Tom Dolby

Buttler's innings in UAE to beat Pakistan in the ODI Cricket Series was both sublime and, at times, brutal in its strokeplay. Some record sixes against pace looked at times like a relaxing nine iron chip on a Sunday afternoon. Oh to be a bowler these days.

It's return to form for Buttler, and as with Captain Cook's now long gone lean patch in the Test format, it should justifiably keep the pessimistic journos quiet for some time ahead.

The ODI result also reinforces the success that England has seen since New Zealand 2015 at Home. There are some real signs of optimism ahead of the 2016 T20 World Cup in India next March. Buttler, Hales, Roy, Root, Morgan, & Willey all point to a new energy and freedom on the pitch.

But don't get too carried away. Buttler's amazing 46 balls hundred was, unbelievably, beaten comfortably by fellow Kooakburra's de Villers of South Africa earlier in January. His century versus the West Indies arrived in a ridiculous 31 balls. Whatever happened to the old adage of 'run a ball' being a healthy pace to accumulate runs...

So what does success look like for England in March? The trophy is still a long shot as things stand. Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India & South Africa are some way ahead still. So a semi-final berth would represent real progress in the short form of the game.

How realistic a prospect that is will probably come to light in the winter tour to South Africa. A perfect litmus test of wear this current England squad is at across every format of the game.


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