Jos Buttler: Vice-Captain of England Cricket Team

Buttler is an English international cricketer who is presently vice-captain of the England cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman, mostly he plays as a wicket-keeper and is regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He plays for Lancashire in English national cricket. He initially played for Somerset and holds the record for the fastest One Day International century by an England cricketer, from just 46 balls. Buttler has assisted as England’s Vice-Captain since 2015 including as part of the team that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Cricket fans can book South Africa Vs England Tickets online from our most trusted and reliable online ticketing marketing platform.

Jos Buttler

Buttler enjoyed a prolific cricket record while at school, sharing a record-breaking opening partnership while at King’s College, Taunton in 2008. The following season, his school lost only one of seventeen cricket matches under his captaincy and he was named 2010 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year. He made his Somerset first-team entrance in 2009 after having played age-group cricket for the county. His concerts led him to be selected to play for England at Under-19 level before he made his senior England entrance in 2011 and made his Test entrance in 2014.

National career

Buttler played extensively for Somerset’s youth teams, appearing at Under-13, Under-15, and Under-17 level. He made his senior club cricket entrance for Cheddar before moving to Glastonbury in the 2006 season, aged just 15, taking three catches and 15 runs as wicket-keeper. Later in the same season, he made his first entrance for Somerset Second XI, he scored 71 in the second innings, and taking six catches in the three-day cricket match against Nottinghamshire Second XI. Playing for King’s College, he finished the 2006 season with the school’s leading batting average, scoring 447 runs at an average of 49.66. The following season he played regularly for Glastonbury in the West of England Premier League, and for Somerset Under-17s, for whom he scored two centuries; an unbeaten 119 during a two-day cricket match against Surrey Under-17s, and 110 against Sussex Under-17s. He once more led the batting averages for King’s College, through his 358 runs.

The best moment of his school career came in April 2008, when he scored 227 runs and not out during a record-breaking opening stand in a 50-over national schools’ game, adding 340 with Alex Barrow. He captained King’s during the 2008 season and improved on his batting totals His batting average of 94.55. while his high-score of 227* was the highest score that recorded. During that 2008 season, Buttler also played for Somerset Second XI. With captain Carl Gazzard keeping wicket in the majority of these cricket matches, Buttler played purely as a batsman, though in his final match of the season for his team, his special achievement, he kept wicket and took six catches in the first-innings against Worcestershire 2nd XI. 

He made his first-class entrance for Somerset in September 2009, replacing the injured Justin Langer for the County Championship cricket match against Lancashire, scoring 30 in his only innings. He retained his place in the team for the following Pro40 cricket match against Hampshire, making his List A entrance, although he was not required to bat. Selected as part of the Somerset squad for the 2009 Champions League Twenty20, Buttler made his entrance in the 20-over format of the game in Somerset’s final match of the league phase, remaining six not out at the close of the innings. Buttler again captained King’s in 2009, and in the seventeen cricket matches under his leadership, they lost only once, and also won the Western School Twenty20 competition. He Joined with his 554 runs for the school at an average of 61.55, and his performances for Somerset, he was named 2010 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year.

Jos Buttler

England career

Buttler’s first taste of international cricket came in July 2008, when he represented England Under-17s in two warm-up cricket matches against New Zealand Under-19s. Batting at number five, he scored a rapid 77 not out in the 50-over contest, hitting 11 fours and two sixes during the 49 deliveries he faced. He also played in the two-day cricket match between the two teams, scoring 45 in the first innings as the cricket match was drawn.

In 2009, Buttler played four cricket matches for England Under-18s, two each against Scotland A and Scotland Development XI. He scored 103 not out in the first of these cricket matches, and made starts in each of the following cricket matches, reaching double figures on each occasion, but not scoring higher than 28. Two months later, Buttler made his England Under-19 entrance, appearing in the first T20 against Bangladesh Under-19s. Playing as a specialist batsman, he scored 33 runs off 17 balls as England won by five wickets.

During the 2009–10 English winter, Buttler toured with the England Under-19 team. He joined up with the squad in Bangladesh following Somerset’s elimination from the Champions League Twenty20 for the seven-cricket match youth One Day International (ODI) series, playing again as a specialist batsman. He failed to make a significant impact until the final cricket match when he top-scored for England with 42 runs. He remained with the team for the Under-19 World Cup, where he played all but one of England’s six cricket matches, keeping wicket in three of them. He scored 91 runs in three innings, with a top-score of 78 against India in the fifth-place play-off semi-final. His batting average of 30.33 ranked him fifth on the England team.

Jos Buttler

Test entrance, Champions Trophy, and T20 World Cup

Buttler replaced a rested Jonathan Trott in the England ODI squad in India in early 2013and replaced Craig Kieswetter as the first-choice wicket-keeper halfway through the ODI series. This allowed Buttler to break into the England ODI side on a consistent basis, playing regularly throughout the year in both ODI and T20 formats and increasingly as a wicket-keeper, his work behind the stumps. He scored his maiden half-century for England in a T20 warm-up cricket match at the start of England’s tour of New Zealand followed by his first T20I half-century in the second cricket match of the series. After being confirmed as England’s first-choice limited-overs wicket-keeper, he played in every cricket match in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England. For his performances in 2013, he was named in the T20I XI by Cricinfo.

Buttler played again in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in India in March and played regular one-day cricket throughout the year. He scored his maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in May, scoring 121 in 61 balls with nine fours and four sixes, the then-fastest century by any England batsman. During the fifth ODI of the series at Edgbaston, Buttler was controversially ‘Mankaded’ by Sachithra Senanayake, leading to tension between the sides. England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment, stating “I’ve never seen it before in a game. I was pretty disappointed.

After first-choice wicket-keeper Matt Prior stood down after injury on the 22 July 2014, Buttler was called up for the England squad for the third Test against India. He made 85 runs from 83 balls in his first Test innings. He played in the final three Tests of the series before reverting to one-day duty, touring Sri Lanka at the end of the year.

Jos Buttler

Return to Test cricket, tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies and World Cup

In May 2018, Buttler was recalled into England’s Test squad to play Pakistan at Lord’s later that month. He had a successful return to Test cricket, scoring two half-centuries and scoring the most runs in the series; he also won the Man of the Cricket match award at Headingley.

In the subsequent ODI series against Australia on June 2018, he scored two half-centuries in the first four cricket matches and then, in the fifth and final game of the series, he made 110 and not out to take England to a historic series defeat. In this cricket match, no other English batsman made more than 20 and Buttler was later described as “the best white-ball wicketkeeper-batsman in the world”. Buttler was named Man of the Cricket match for his 110 not out, and also named Man of the Series for his impressive contributions with both bat and gloves. In the T20I cricket match of Australia’s tour, Buttler scored the fastest T20I half-century by an English cricketer, in 22 balls.

Buttler replaced James Anderson as the Test vice-captain on 31 July 2018, thus combining the role in all formats. He registered his maiden Test century in the third Test of India’s tour of England in August 2018, with a score of 106.  Buttler then retained his place in the Test and one-day squads, being selected to tour Sri Lanka in October and into the following year.

For his performances in 2018, he was named as the wicket-keeper of the Test XI and World ODI XI by the ICC and Cricinfo. Furthermore, he was included in the T20 XI by Cricinfo.

In February 2019, during the fourth ODI of England’s tour of the West Indies, Buttler scored a career-best 150 from 77 deliveries as England reached 418/6.[112] During this innings, he hit 12 sixes, at the time the most by any English batsman in an ODI, and went from 51 to 100 in just 15 balls and from 100 to 150 in just 16 deliveries. This was part of an England world record for the most sixes in an ODI, with 24. Following the innings, West Indian batsman Chris Gayle praised Buttler, stating, “He is superb, one of the best strikers [of the ball] in world cricket today. We can see he is a game-winner, a game-changer and every team need a cricketer like that to win games.”, while England captain Eoin Morgan labeled him as “built like a champion racehorse”.

In the second ODI of the five-cricket match series against Pakistan in May, Buttler scored an unbeaten 110 from 55 balls, his century coming in only 50 deliveries. This is the second-fastest hundred by an English batsman in ODI cricket after his own record set against Pakistan in 2015.

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De Kock: Still a Must have Player in South Africa Squad

Proteas opener Quinton de Kock has moved up to the fourth position in the ICC ODI batting rankings after playing a huge part in his team’s 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka.

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De Kock

He is a South African professional cricketer who plays for the Titans at the domestic level and the South African national team. He has already played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League matches. He has been won the title of a cricketer of the year in 2017 Annual awards.

He is commonly knowns for the best wicket-keeper batsmen among the world’s best cricket teams. As an inning batsman and wicket-keeper, de Kock made his domestic entrance for the Highveld Lions during the 2012 and 2013 season. He quickly caught the selector’s eye for the national level, when he starred in a match-winning partnership with Neil McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against Mumbai Indians.

He made his international entrance in the first match of South Africa’s home T20 International series against the touring New Zealanders during the 2012 and 13 seasons. He was asked to keep wickets in place of AB de Villiers, who asked to be rested. He has since played regularly for the team at both One Day International and T20 International level. In February 2014, he also made his Test entrance for South Africa, playing smoothly as a batsman.

Recording to his 20th ODI match, he scored five centuries already. He became the fourth player to score three successive one-day centuries and the second player to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. In his 74th ODI, against Sri Lanka on 10 February 2017, he became the fastest player to complete 12 ODI hundreds.

Although he opens the batting in One Day International and T20 cricket, he primarily bats in the middle order in Test cricket. On 22 July 2018 during the second test match against Sri Lanka, he went onto become the fastest wicketkeeper in terms of 35 matches to effect in 150 test dismissals.

Domestic Career

From Johannesburg, he entranced for Gauteng’s senior team during the 2009-2010 season, aged 16, and afterward represented the national under-19 team at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup.

Records and Achievement

Fastest South African to reach 1,000 ODI runs.

De Kock

ODI Cricket Career

De Kock represented South Africa for the first time, at T20 level, on 21 December 2012 against New Zealand. While South Africa crushed New Zealand and got them all out for only 86, the hosts chased it down easily with 8 wickets still remaining. De Kock made an impression on his first appearance by scoring an unbeaten 28 off 23 while chasing. He also kept wicket and gloved two catches. De Kock made his entrance for the South African ODI side on 19 January 2013, against New Zealand. It was reported that he was training and grooming under expert retired South African wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand. He was promoted to the opening batting spot from his second match onwards with Graeme Smith in his entrance series.

In November 2013, he was selected in the first XI of South Africa against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, in place of Colin Ingram. the De Kock scored a match-winning 112 off 135 balls on a tough batting track in Abu Dhabi in the fourth ODI to reach his maiden ODI century. South Africa won the ODI series 4–1. They also played two T20 games against Pakistan. De Kock scored 48 not out in the first match while chasing and took them home. They won that T20 series too by 2–0.

On 5 December 2013, De Kock scored 135 against India at his home ground in Johannesburg. His innings guided the team to a 141-run victory over India and he was awarded his first-ever ‘Man of the Match’ award in One Day International cricket. He followed his performance with another successive ODI ton in the next match against the same team in Durban. He scored 106 runs making a record-breaking opening stand of 194 in Durban with teammate Hashim Amla who also scored a century in the same match. This performance awarded him another ‘Man of the Match’ award while they already won the series beating India by 134 runs. He again broke a century knock of 101 in the 3rd ODI which was later abandoned due to rain, but he became only the fifth person to achieve this feat of three consecutive centuries in One Day Internationals, after Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs, and AB de Villiers. He also became the highest run-getter ever in a three-match bilateral ODI series, breaking the previous record of Martin Guptill. Meanwhile, he was awarded the ‘Man of the Series’.

De Kock scored his 5th ODI century knock of128 against Sri Lanka to record their first-ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka. He also scored his maiden test fifty in the series.

In the 3-match tour to Zimbabwe in August 2014, De Kock eventually became the joint quickest batsman to reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket sharing the record with Viv Richards, Jonathan Trott, and Kevin Pietersen. He reached the milestone in 21 innings. He was also awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ in that tournament where South Africa beat Zimbabwe 3–0.

In the ODI series against Bangladesh in 2017, he along with Hashim Amla set the highest record ODI run stand for South Africa with an unbeaten partnership of 282 runs. This is also the highest ever partnership in One-Day Internationals without losing any wickets.

In April 2019, he was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named de Kock as the key player of South Africa’s squad for the tournament. In the opening match of the World Cup against England, he scored 68.

Test Cricket Performance

In February 2014, de Kock made his Test entrance for South Africa, scoring seven runs in the first innings and 34 runs in the second innings against Australia.

In January 2016, when South Africa was losing the home Test series against England, De Kock was recalled to the Test side for the second Test, taking the keeper’s gloves from AB de Villiers, but failed to deliver. He was replaced by Dane Vilas at the 11th hour before the third Test, after a freak injury he picked up at home the afternoon before. He was again selected for the fourth and the final Test and scored his entrance Test century with a score of 129 not out in the first innings coming to bat at number seven. In the tour, De Kock reached a milestone as the fastest to reach 10 ODI centuries. He completed his 10th century in his 55th match. In their 3rd test against Pakistan, he made his same score of 129 in their 2nd innings in 2019.

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