C365 Player of the Week: Jos Buttler

England

There hasn't been much to choose from this week, what with the World Twenty20 build-up dominating the agenda. We had a T20 between New Zealand and India, where Yuvraj Singh made his comeback and Brendon McCullum made 91, but we're not going to be so obvious.

There hasn't been much cricket to choose from this week, what with the World Twenty20 build-up dominating the agenda. We had a T20 between New Zealand and India, where Yuvraj Singh made his comeback and Brendon McCullum made 91, but that's far too obvious.

No. Instead, we're going to be slightly tongue-in-cheek, but also mostly serious, in choosing England batsman Jos Buttler, for his swashbuckling innings against South Africa that assured England the win in their final T20.

Buttler, who had to overcome a run of terrible scores in the Three Lions shirt, bludgeoned Wayne Parnell for 30 runs in one over, and ended the innings on 32 not out off 10 balls. This knock gave England the needed cushion to win by 28 runs and regain the number one T20 ranking.

What makes Buttler's knock so important, for him, is that he was utterly rubbish for England in his 10 T20s before that. He's made only 36 runs in total, and his average is just over 13 even after the aforementioned knock. Let's just say he REALLY needed some runs.

Amusingly, he's suddenly being touted as the great hope for England in Sri Lanka, after one good over of batting. The pressure on him to perform is even greater now, given England's lack of KP and Eoin Morgan's dry spell, not to mention their need to defend the title they won in 2010.

So while we're being slightly facetious in giving him the gong ahead of McCullum's amazing 91 or Yuvraj's cancer battle, it really was a knock that could make his career, giving him the positivity to become the next big thing after the early promise he showed at Somerset.

(Ok but seriously, McCullum's knock was the best thing about the India tour for the Black Caps, as he dismantled all the bowlers, attacked the scary spinners, and set himself up nicely for the World T20 in terms of confidence. Also, Yuvraj is awesome.)

<b>Lindsay du Plessis</b>

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