Buttler: We’re capable of massive totals

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler says his innings in the first ODI against South Africa, as well as the other half tons made by the top order, show that their brand of cricket is capable of achieving most totals.

England have adopted a very aggressive style of play since Trevor Bayliss became their coach early last year, and it has shown every sign of working, especially after they scored 399/9 in Bloemfontein, their highest score in ODIs away from home.

Buttler, who scored his ton off 73 balls, said on the ECB website: "It sends a great message to everyone in our team as well as the opposition – we're capable of these sorts of totals.

"In the warm-up game we got 360-odd as well; we know we're very capable of getting these scores.

"At times we'll get it wrong, we'll probably be bowled out for 280 in 40 overs one day, but that's where we're trying to take our game to as a side.

"We want to really be pushing the boundaries of what's possible. On any given day in different conditions it won't be possible but when it is we want to make sure that we really push ourselves to the limit and try and get as many as we can.

"I've loved playing in this side over the last 12 months. It's been great fun, it's a really good bunch of lads to be involved with.

"Cricket almost comes second behind enjoying each other's company and everyone pushing each other in training and in games, and really enjoying everyone's success which is great, and we'll take that forward and build on it."

Buttler has been on tour since before the Test series, but was on the sidelines as Jonny Bairstow kept wicket. He was pleased to get his chance and make the most of it, and hopes to do the same in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

He added: "I haven't played a game for a while, and I've been on this tour and training hard and I was really excited to get out there.

"I love trying to score my runs as fast as I can and anytime you score a hundred for England it's so special – what a feeling to do it in the first game of the series and that should really set me up for the rest of the series too.

"Start again in the next game but obviously with the confidence coming off the back of this innings."

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