Jos Buttler & Chris Woakes partnership took the win for England against Pakistan in the first test match.
Jos Buttler feared he might play his final Test but pushed those doubts aside before taking a vital blow under pressure to lead England to victory in their first Test against Pakistan.
Buttler, who turned 75 on Saturday, August 8th and shared a pivotal stand of the century with Chris Woakes, had previously only had half a century in 13 innings. Mistakes with the wicket-keeping gloves at Old Trafford only added to the control around him, and critics called for him to be dropped.
The wicket keeper’s batsman admitted that he feared for his place in the side and was relieved to get a few runs. “Sometimes there were some lonely nights where it was thought about,” he said.
The chips were down for England at 117/5, but a stunning 139-run stand between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped the hosts win the game by three wickets!#ENGvPAK 1st Test report ⬇️ https://t.co/g5vuIaCu3Z— ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2020
“I’m very aware that I didn’t hold up well, I missed some chances and at this level you can’t afford to do that, no matter how many runs you get. You have to be better, I know that .
“In any case, thoughts go through your head. “If I don’t get runs, I may have played my last game” – those are the things that are on your head, “he told Sky Sports.” But you have to try to shut them out and focus on the here and now and play the situation. I am happy that I made it. “
His skipper Joe Root was all praise. “It says a lot about him as a person to be able to wear this and either use it or park it – only he’ll know how he did it – and playing that way was extraordinary,” he said. “In order to have this external pressure, I was torn to pieces with him.”
Butter later told the media, “Joe actually said before, ‘Remember who you are, you like to chase targets and try to limit them to a one-day game.’
“I and my eyes really liked a game like today in terms of the chase and the division into a one-day game. Trying to tick off ticks is running out and getting us to the goal.”