Buttler: I want to play the AB role for England


After smashing a century in just 66 balls in the first ODI against New Zealand at Edgabaston on Tuesday, England's Jos Buttler believes he can emulate South Africa's AB de Villiers and play a similar role for his side.

De Villiers, who holds the record for the fastest century and 150 in ODI cricket, is currently sitting at number one in the ODI batting rankings while he is also number two in the Test list.

The Proteas ODI captain has transformed the way he plays in the last few years and Buttler wants to do the same job for the Three Lions.

Buttler said: "AB De Villiers is someone who has changed batting over the past few years and everyone is trying to emulate him. He has been a role model for me for a long time and that's the role I want to play in English cricket.

"I want to be that guy who can go out I like I did at Edgbaston and play those kinds of innings consistently. Part of my role as vice-captain is to try to lead this group. The way we went about it breeds a lot of confidence in the squad.

The 24 year-old Buttler is now one of the senior players in a team that has been energised with some fresh faces coming into squad after the humiliation suffered at the World Cup earlier this year.

With a new-look side, England smashed a record score of 408 against the Black Caps and Buttler expects that level of performance to continue for the remaining four matches in the series.

Buttler continued: "I was looking at the number of caps everyone had. [Captain] Eoin Morgan has the most (142) but then Joe Root (55) and Steve Finn (58) are pretty similar to me (Buttler has 56 caps).

"The other young guys are the same age as me but they are very fresh into international cricket. Players like Jason Roy and Sam Billings might have missed out at Edgbaston, but I'm sure we'll see great displays from them as well."

"They will take the confidence from the team performance into the rest of the series."