England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is renowned as one of the most dynamic batsmen of the modern era. The prolific run-scorer has become the linchpin of the England team across all formats and has been instrumental in its rise.
Since his debut on the big stage in 2011, Butler has amassed 8,543 international runs. As the right-handed batsman celebrates his 31st birthday today, let’s take a look at some of his top performances at the international level.
152 vs Pakistan, Rose Bowl, 2020
Buttler scored his highest score in the longest format of the game during the last Test of the three-match series against Pakistan in 2020. In the Test match, England batted first and suffered an early collapse. Although Zac Crawley held the fort at one end, wickets kept falling from the other end and the hosts scored 127 for four.
However, coming to bat at six, Butler initiated a change with Crowley. Both made a memorable partnership of 359 runs to take England to a score of 583. Butler played a brilliant innings of 152 runs in 311 balls.
59 vs New Zealand, Lord’s, World Cup 2019 Final
The 2019 World Cup final can easily be considered as one of the most exciting matches ever. In a nail-biting affair, it was England who won the silverware which was also their first ODI World Cup title win.
While it was a joint effort of the entire England contingent, Buttler certainly deserves a special mention for playing one of the best innings of his entire ODI career. The right-handed batsman scored 59 runs in 60 balls to save his team while barely chasing the target. The keeper’s innings hit six fours.
106 vs India, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 2018
Buttler had to wait five years to score his maiden century in the longest format. The batsman finally achieved the milestone during the third Test against India at Trent Bridge. England were trailing by 168 runs. Adding to the misery, the Indian team put up another stellar performance in the third innings as they scored another 352 runs on the board.
In times of crisis, Buttler was the only one who played a brilliant knock of 106 runs in the final innings and led from the front. However, the lack of support from the other batsmen meant that the hosts lost the match by 203 runs.
129 vs New Zealand, Edgbaston, 2015
Courtesy of Butler, England committed massacre on the field during the first ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand. The Taunton-born player carried England’s batting on his shoulders. As England came to bat at 180 for four, Buttler threw the ball across the park and took the visitors to a mammoth total of 408 runs. The 31-year-old scored 129 runs in 77 balls with the help of 13 fours and five sixes.
150 vs West Indies, St George’s, 2019
Butler scored 150 runs in ODI cricket for the first time in 2019, playing in the fourth One Day International of the five-match series against West Indies. Batting in the first innings, he made fun of the attack by scoring 150 runs. Just 77 balls.
He batted with an impressive strike rate of 194.8 and entertained the audience by hitting 13 fours and 12 sixes. His exploits took England to a mammoth score of 418 runs as they registered a 29-run victory.