Trent Bridge Test: Never thought this would happen, says Buttler after maiden ton

first_imgConsidered as a limited-overs specialist even five months back, Jos Buttler’s return to Test cricket has been nothing short of remarkable till now.Making a return to the England Test team after a sensational Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals, Buttler has most tasted success in the four Test matches he has played so far.Buttler has scored two fifties and one century in the eight innings he has played since his return to Tests earlier this year and accumulated 331 runs.He returned to Test cricket after a gap of a year and a half against Pakistan in May and played two Tests against them. He scored 161 runs from three innings against Pakistan and was supposed to be England’s key batsman against India in the five-match series that was slated to start in August.Also read – Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundredHowever, after a decent limited-overs series (T20Is and ODIs) against Virat Kohli’s men, Buttler’s form fizzled away in Tests and some people even called for him to be dropped from the side. But, the English management stuck to their guns and he was retained and he rewarded them with a gutsy hundred with his team’s back against the wall.Buttler’s maiden Test ton might have come for a losing cause as India are just one wicket away from victory in the third Test with a whole day’s play left but his knock will provide much needed comfort to not only him but the team as well.advertisement”It’s really satisfying. It has been a long time coming. And it was, a few months ago, a million miles away so it’s a huge moment for me. I don’t think I can underestimate that feeling. I’m obviously personally delighted. A little bit lost for words but delighted.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah savours ‘patient’ second five-wicket haul”I think definitely to prove you can do it in the middle, that’s a huge part of the feeling of it. Not just for yourself or anyone else, but to show you can do it for your team as well is maybe the biggest thing. And to feel like you’ve done something for the team and you hopefully belong. But it’s more about backing it up and doing it again because it’s not easy,” said Buttler. Jos Buttler made his Test debut in 2014 against India (Reuters Photo)A regular in England’s limited-overs side, Buttler has failed to nail down a spot in the Test side despite making his debut against India in 2014. He has only played 23 Test matches so far and scored 1115 at an average of 34.84. However, after grinding it out there and playing a long knock for his team, Buttler said that he is getting there slowly and is playing well in the longest format of the game.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket haul”I’m getting closer I think. It’s something I try to do is read the situation and play accordingly so it’s pleasing to know that I can do that. There will be different times that different innings are required. That’s all I try and do in cricket is try and read the situation and play as I feel like should do.”I think it shows in Test cricket how it ebbs and flows. For twenty minutes it feels impossible and then for twenty minutes you feel like you’re in control and playing well. You can’t underestimate how much luck plays a part. Human error, dropped catch and I wouldn’t be sat here today either. So I think trying to focus in the moment and stay in your zone and your bubble and play each ball on its merit and within your game plan is all you’re trying to do, I think, for that period of time. And if that means they bowl well and you play out four maidens you’re trying to trust your defence to get through that,” Buttler said.He also reitierated that he thought that he will never get to play Test match cricket and therefore, this century has given him lot more confidence and satisfaction than any of his ODI or T20 exploits.Also read – Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut”I was never sure if I’d ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you’re out there as well and you start to get close and you’re trying to concentrate on the ball. I never thought this would happen so to try to make sure it does. Definitely times when I thought that race was run.”advertisement”A lot more fulfillment probably. It’s just been a longer time coming I think. A hundred in any red-ball game – I think it’s the first one I’ve scored for five years probably – so it’s definitely a big moment for me and it means a lot and it just proves to me I can do it and the hunger to go and do it again. I’ve definitely remembered how hard Test cricket is having come back into it. It’s really tough. It’s tough cricket, it tests you in all sorts of ways and yeah, it’s definitely the proudest moment in an England shirt.”last_img

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