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England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior believes that Jos Buttler needs to come in towards the end of the innings since he thrives in that sort of situation.
Prior also feels that Buttler has the ability to “wreak havoc” towards the closing stages of ODIs.
“I rate him very highly, especially in one-day cricket,” Prior told Sky Sports. “He is the finisher that England want and need in the engine room of the batting line-up – he has shown that with his 60s and 70s off 30 and 40 balls towards the end of an innings.
“His temperament is phenomenal and when he walks out to bat he knows exactly the job in hand. That is something he thrives on and some of the shots he can play, like the sixes out of nowhere, are incredible.
“You want a player of Jos’ ability to be in the situation that suits him best and, for me, that is in the last 10 or 15 overs.
“He can wreak havoc in that period so you don’t want him in too early playing that rebuilding role when we’ve got players like Ravi Bopara who can go in and do that.”
Prior also noted that he has been impressed with Buttler’s work behind the stumps as well.
“As a keeper he is consistently improving,” said Prior. “You only get better as a keeper by catching balls – the more you catch, the slicker you become – and that’s what Jos is doing.
“Bruce (French), who I admire massively and believe is the best wicketkeeping coach in the world, will keep an eye on Jos and work him hard, I know that much.
“But Peter Moores, another former keeper, is also there, so Buttler has plenty of support and everything at his disposal to push on.
“I don’t think he is the finished article right now – I think he will admit that himself – but he works very hard and I think he could become very, very good.”
Prior, who is currently halfway through his six-month recovery period after having his Achilles surgically repaired, also condeded that his own “one-day career has been disappointing”.
Prior last represented England in an ODI against Sri Lanka in March 2011.
“I would say my one-day career has been disappointing and that’s a shame,” he said. “When I started I was always a far better one-day cricketer than I was a longer-form cricketer, but I never quite got my role right or my rhythm right in one-day international cricket.
“The role of opening up and going at it from ball one suited me to an extent and was initially where I thought I played best, but then I struggled to rein it in and score big innings.
“I got off to a lot of good starts but then pushed too hard and got out, rather than putting in that real telling contribution and getting that 120 or 130 that won the game.
“Coming in at six or seven and hitting yorkers for six wasn’t really my game either and as my best way of playing one-day cricket is to manoeuvre the ball around, build an innings and then catch up at the end, I think three or four would have suited me best.”