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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has heaped praise on batsman Jos Buttler, saying he has become an instrumental player in the Test side.
Buttler was recalled to the Test team at the start of the ongoing English summer and has been extremely impressive as he has accumulated 510 runs in seven matches at an average of 51.
With many of his innings having been vital knocks in situations where England have been struggling, Vaughan feels that Buttler could start moving up the batting order in the future.
“Buttler will strike fear through bowling attacks around the world,” Vaughan said on BBC Test Match Special as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “Once he gets more confident in this format and starts moving up the order, then he will have more opportunity to get big scores. At No.7 you can only get so many – but if he can get to No.5, then he has the game and the gift to get big, big Test match scores.”
Vaughan’s comments come after Buttler celebrated his 28th birthday by scoring a useful 89 on the second day of the fifth Test against India on Saturday.
His knock helped take England from 198/7 at the beginning of the second day to 332.
With Buttler’s 89 coming off 133 balls and including six boundaries and two sixes, Vaughan pointed out that the Somerset native wasn’t solely trying to wallop every delivery to the boundary.
Instead, Buttler played with poise and control, and a superb level of maturity, the former England skipper said.
“England have got a special player – he knows how to play the pressure card and calm situations down,” Vaughan added. “He’s not just crashing it about, he’s playing with good technique, he’s timing the ball, maneuvering it into the gaps and leaving well.
“You just feel so relaxed when Buttler is at the crease – many times, in all three formats, he’s got England out of tricky positions because of his temperament and mentality. He can soak up pressure but then suddenly grab the game, because of his striking ability.”