Player Profile

Jos Buttler
England
Born September 08, 1990 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Taunton, Somerset
Height
Known As
Player Role WK-Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style

Career Information - Teams

Somerset, England, Khulna Royal Bengals, England Lions, Melbourne Renegades, Lancashire, Mumbai Cricket Association XI, Mumbai Indians, Comilla Victorians, Sydney Thunder, Rajasthan Royals


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

A hard-hitting batsman and a wicket-keeper, Jos Buttler, is seen as a player who has everything to succeed in the shorter formats of the game. His introduction to competitive cricket came at an early age and he represented Somerset's youth teams at the Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 levels. He was a prolific run-scorer in school and junior cricket, and his consistent batting helped him come through the ranks quickly. He soon represented Somerset's second XI and was seen as a good prospect for the shorter formats.

His First-Class debut came in the 2009 season when he replaced the injured Justin Langer. Though he failed to seal his spot in the First-Class side, his performances in the other formats earned him a call-up to the Somerset limited overs squad. With regular wicket-keeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter selected to play for England, Buttler got an extended run in the Somerset team and he made the most of it, where he scored 440 runs at an average of 55 in the CB40 series. His terrific form and ability saw him retain his spot in the eleven even after the return of Kieswetter to the Somerset line-up.

Buttler then, was named as Young Wisden School Cricketer of the Year in 2010. In 2011, Buttler was selected in the T20 squad to face India and West Indies at home. He did not get to bat in his first two games and managed only 13 runs when he got his chance in the second match against West Indies.

After a successful tour against Sri Lanka for the England Lions in early 2012, Buttler made his ODI debut against Pakistan in the UAE. He then replaced Kieswetter as England's limited-overs wicket-keeper and hit his first international fifty against New Zealand in a T20I. He also played a crucial role in England's Champions Trophy campaign in 2013. He continued performing well in the ODI series against Australia, both at home and Down Under.

Buttler played a key role in England's tour to West Indies, scoring an aggressive 99 in the third ODI, which helped England post a mammoth total and secure a series win. He continued his rich vein of form in the T20s, however, England lost the series. He was also part of England's World T20 campaign in Bangladesh. The wicket-keeper batsman has grown in stature ever since he was given a consistent run by the selectors. In the ODI series against Sri Lanka at home, Buttler scored his maiden ODI ton off just 61 balls, it is the fastest hundred by an England batsman. When Matt Prior stepped down from the Test side after the loss to India at Lord's, Buttler was drafted in and handed a debut in Southampton. He scored 85 in his very first Test.

Like England, Buttler had a rather modest time during the 2015 World Cup, his only score of significance coming against Bangladesh - in a match that England shockingly lost and were dumped out of the tournament even before the quarterfinal stage. Buttler has since then become a vital cog in England's One Day plans, consistently scoring runs at a good pace. His runs came at a brisk pace and England suddenly became the team to beat in the shorter formats of the game. Quick with his hands and an ability to find gaps in the field, Buttler's multi-dimensional batting won him a massive contract with the Mumbai Indians - before the 2016 Indian Premier League auctions. While his run was smooth in the shorter formats of the game, Buttler seemed to have regressed in Tests. He didn't feature in whites for England until the very end of 2016 when his ability to play spin won him a place in the England squad for the Tests in Bangladesh and India.

Buttler got his chance during the India leg and promptly responded with a fine 76. Since his Test debut, though, Buttler hasn't quite managed to seal a place for himself in red-ball cricket, although he continues to be a part of the squad, playing as a specialist batsman. But come the limited-overs cricket, Buttler is an important cog in the wheel, coming lower down the order to accelerate run-scoring in the death overs. And he does that successfully more often than not for England.

After a few sensational years, 2017 was a rather middling one for Buttler. Runs didn't quite flow for him although there were a lot of times when the situation demanded instant hitting. That didn't quite come off consistently for him in the year. You could say that Buttler could bat higher up the order in ODIs, but in a way, the entire situation also puts into perspective the luxuries England have as a limited-overs side nowadays, quite in contrast to the World Cup 2015 in Australia.

IPL through the years
Despite being one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket, Jos Buttler had to wait for an IPL debut, primarily due to the curfew that was imposed on English cricketers for participation. Once that was lifted from the 2016 season onwards, Buttler obviously fetched a good price as he got picked by the Mumbai Indians. He juggled between the opener slot and a middle order position, getting a few starts without really making it big. The 2017 season was also more of the same for Buttler as he was used as a floater by the MI franchise. It was evident that the tournament hadn’t seen the best of him, like international cricket had been seeing for a while now.

The move to Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 auctions sparked a fresh lease of life for Buttler who however, started as a middle order batsman for the franchise, like his MI days. With the surfaces of Jaipur not as conducive as the ones in Mumbai, the struggles against the older ball was profound for Buttler. It was an enigma, considering that it’s the position he bats for while representing England. A late move in the season to promote Buttler as an opener produced immediate results, as he smashed five consecutive fifties to propel the Royals into the playoffs. Since then, he’s primarily batted as an opener in T20 cricket and excelled in the BBL too for the Sydney Thunder.

The 2019 season saw Buttler scoring three half-centuries for the Royals in eight innings before heading back home - to prepare for the World Cup. Buttler, unfortunately, didn’t get the necessary support from the other batsmen and hence his performances went in vain and Rajasthan had a mediocre season.

World Cup - Through the years and What to expect
It was Buttler’s wicket that triggered the collapse against Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup which eventually led to England’s embarrassing exit from the competition. His valiant half-century against the Asian side went in vain as England lost their last four wickets for just 22 runs. Before his 65 against Bangladesh, Buttler also played a cameo - 19-ball 39 - against Sri Lanka, but was another knock that came in a losing knock. The wicket-keeper batsman was under-used and England failed to enter the knockout stages.

When Jos Buttler smashed England’s second fastest ODI century (Buttler holds the record for England’s fastest too) just a few weeks before the 2019 World Cup against Pakistan, former England captain Nasser Hussain put Buttler in the same category as that of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni and Viv Richards. It was by no means an exaggeration. A phenomenal talent, Buttler can single-handedly win matches for his team and he can put even the best bowling attacks under pressure - courtesy his 360 degrees hitting. Even though England possess quite a few aggressive batsmen in their ranks, Buttler is their X-factor as he can make the improbable, possible. Since the previous World Cup, Buttler averages 50.02 in the 50-over format and has a strike rate of 124.84 - which comprises of seven centuries and 11 half-tons. Those numbers coupled with consistency and power-hitting will give nightmares to any bowler/captain in the opposition camp.

These were the same numbers that was on show during the 2019 edition of the World Cup. Buttler wasn't the enforcer, he was more of a finisher. His numbers weren't great, 312 at 34. 67, but his strike-rate, close to 123 per 100 balls was evident. Buttler's knocks at the end of the innings had bearings towards the end result - a superb World Cup title triumph.

By Cricbuzz staff


Career

TEST debut vs India at The Rose Bowl, Jul 27, 2014
Last TEST vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Jan 24, 2020
ODI debut vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Feb 21, 2012
Last ODI vs New Zealand at Lord's, Jul 14, 2019
T20 debut vs India at Emirates Old Trafford, Aug 31, 2011
Last T20 vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Feb 16, 2020
IPL debut vs Rising Pune Supergiant at Wankhede Stadium, Apr 09, 2016
Last IPL vs Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Apr 16, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 141 117 23 3843 150 40.88 3207 119.83 9 0 20 321 125
T20 69 61 11 1334 73 26.68 955 139.69 0 0 8 114 55
Test 41 73 6 2127 106 31.75 3677 57.85 1 0 15 251 27
IPL 45 45 6 1386 95 35.54 919 150.82 0 0 9 140 61

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 141 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
T20 69 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 41 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 45 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0