Buttler loved being captain for England


England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was the T20 side's captain in their three-run win over Pakistan on Friday, despite having very little experience in the area, but says he enjoyed the task.

Buttler has never even captained a first XI match in county cricket, but has been the national T20 side's vice-captain for a while. When Eoin morgan was rested for the match, Buttler was asked to take charge.

England won in a thrilling contest in Dubai, defending their score of 172 despite Shahid Afridi's best efforts to reach the target, and England won the series with a match to play.

Buttler said of being skipper: "I loved this experience. 

"I've obviously been vice-captain for a while, and it's a lot easier job when you can give your two-pence and then step back and not be accountable for the decision.

"But I really enjoyed the responsibility, the pressure of it – and it certainly makes the game a bit more emotional. It was a really enjoyable start."

Buttler would have liked the ending to a be bit less stressful though: "We got into a position where we should have won the game more comfortably. 

"But Afridi came in and played as he can, and that put a lot of pressure on us.

"I think throughout the game, we didn't play our best but showed a lot of character with the bat and ball to do enough at the right times.

"For Chris Woakes to have the guts to stand up and do the job in that last over, fair play to him."