English batsman Jos Buttler spoke of his excitement at playing cricket again after a challenging summer at home, which included both the 2019 men’s cricket world cup and the ashes.
Buttler scored the most goals in England with 153 points before Scott Kuggeleijn, who came on as a substitute for the concussion of opener Hamish Rutherford, was fired against New Zealand A in Whangarei on Sunday. 17th of November.
Joe Denly in Tests ⬇️— ICC (@ICC) November 17, 2019
Matches ➞ 8
Runs ➞ 457
Fifties ➞ 4
Highest ➞ 94
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The 29-year-old had recovered from the five-game series T20I, which ended a week ago with an exciting super-over finish, and called the break “invaluable” as it was one of the reasons for the rediscovered excitement.
“It was a tough summer, great fun, but a big challenge that took a lot of our time,” said Buttler. “So it was good to take a break and refresh myself, I had four or five weeks off and that was invaluable, we could freshen up, have time and look forward to coming back.”
England had had the prospect of a worrying defeat in the warm-up after both Joe Root and Ben Stokes were dismissed/declared 6 due to the first innings of New Zealand A (302) with a poor result of 105/5. Buttler, along with Joe Denly and Ollie Pope, both of whom had met for half a century, and Jofra Archer, who ended with an undefeated 41, provided for visitor safety.
“I am fully aware of my record of achieving first-class centuries,” said the English batsman, who scored only five first-class scores before this game and only one since 2014. I know this was a warm-up game, but it is nice to spend time in the middle and reach three figures. “
Buttler brings his renewed success back to working with former English kicker Marcus Trescothick, who also captained him in Somerset. “I went to Somerset to work with Marcus Trescothick, who is someone I know really well, I have a lot of it.
“There were some building blocks – actually more around my lineup – that tried to be in the right place at the right time when the ball was released – to come here and feel in good touch.”