England vs Sri Lanka, 29th Match, Group 1 (N), Sharjah, Nov 1 2021
Hundred for Butler – What an innings! It’s the final ball of the innings. It’s a juicy full toss on leg stump, and Buttler flicks it high and long over backward square, to leap from 95 to 101 not out. He’s the second England batter to get a century in T20 World Cups after Alex Hales against the same opponents in 2014. And he’s given England a real chance in a dogfight of an innings.
“It was a great bowling effort from the boys. Woakesy set up the tone. We try to keep it as simple as possible. We try and asses the pitch quickly. We tried to hold our lengths and bowl it straight and luckily it worked today. You just try to stick to your strengths and then still add a little bit to your skills. You are never comfortable in international cricket. Everyday you want to improve as there are so many players who want to get into the team.”
After losing few wickets in the powerplay, we had to hang in there and get to a total we thought would be defendable. They bowled well and put us on the back foot early. You had to bowl them out with that kind of total, but Jos Buttler played a hell of an innings and put the pressure on us and it’s just one of those nights where we got off to a poor start and it kept compounding unfortunately. We’ve got a couple of days to recharge now, give the guys some much-needed rest and take on Bangladesh next.
We try and asses the pitch quickly. We tried to hold our lengths and bowl it straight and luckily it worked today. You just try to stick to your strengths and then still add a little bit to your skills.
“Obviously we got off to a good start in the first two games of the tournament and challenge first is always adapting to the conditions away from home and we did that really in the first two games and then again today, the big test against a really strong Australian side.
We sort of held up pretty well right from the beginning, holding our nerve and creating opportunities with the ball and then continuing to be relentless with the lengths we want to bowl. We are in good form with the bat. Jason last game and Jos today. We treat everybody with same amount of respect. We go to Sharjah from here and again another challenge there and we are really looking forward to it.”
Paul Collingwood | England’s Asst. Coach – “We witnessed a very very special T20 innings, we were in trouble after 10 overs, but getting 116 in the next 10 makes it special. It’s a difficult pitch, the ball isn’t coming on, the pitch is on the slow side, the bounce isn’t consistent, can’t play cross-batted shots.
That makes Buttler’s innings so good. But we will still have to go out there and bowl well. I thought the partnership was mature (between Morgan and Buttler), they took their time, assessed the wicket and then started scoring.”