English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who joined Lancashire from Somerset at the start of this year, played one of the greatest limited overs innings ever by an England batsman, albeit in a losing cause, against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Saturday. Coming in with England in terrible straits at 111 for 5 in chase of a target of 301, Buttler made 121 with his 100 coming off just 61 balls — the fastest by an England cricketer at ODI level and the quickest by any batsman in England.
However, Jos Buttler was out in the final over as Sri Lanka won by 7 runs to square the series at 2-2 ahead of Tuesday’s finale at Edgbaston. England are due to name their team for this month’s very first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday, with their clear plan to recall Matt Prior after he was dropped during the 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia set to be scuppered by the Sussex stumper’s Achilles injury.
While Jos Buttler certainly has not done his chances of making a Test debut any harm, doubts remain over the quality of his glovework and there have even been strategies England could recall Essex’s James Foster, believed to be the best keeper on the county circuit, 12 years after the Essex stalwart played his last Test. England skipper Alastair Cook has pointed out Buttler may need more time to polish his craft and the player himself agreed.