Bayliss on Buttler: He’s right up there in the top echelon


Trevor Bayliss ranks Jos Buttler in the “top echelon” of players in white-ball cricket after he helped England to a ODI series whitewash over Australia.

England coach Bayliss gave the wicketkeeper the highest praise after Buttler played one of the most memorable ODI knocks in memory to guide England to a thrilling one-wicket victory in the final game against the Aussies.

Buttler scored 110 not out and it was his slowest ton in ODIs – he took 122 balls – but it was perfect for the situation as Bayliss praised his game awareness.

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Bayliss said: “How well is Jos playing? It’s unbelievable. I can’t really describe how good it is. Red ball, white ball, T20 – there are not too many better in the world at the minute.

“He’s right up there in the top echelon. He’s a bit different to some of the guys I’ve worked with before, but he’s devastating.

“He can play that role he did on Sunday, in smart fashion, but when he needs to, he can pull the power out and put the foot down.

“And he’s a smart guy. One of those players who looks at the situation of the game. And he’s a winner. He doesn’t like losing, not even in the football matches before the start.

“He hates to lose. Hopefully that can rub off on some of the other guys higher up the order, who themselves have played some bloody good cricket this series.”

Buttler and England will now turn their attention to a one-off T20I against Aussies which will be played in Birmingham on Wednesday.