England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler hopes to make a winning contribution against New Zealand
Last Updated: 13/02/13 12:44pm
Buttler keen to keep his place
Jos Buttler hopes to make another telling contribution for England on Friday but hopes it will this time help them win their ODI decider against New Zealand.
Buttler was delighted to have registered his maiden international half-century on Tuesday, but he would it to have come at a more crucial time rather than just save blushes in a 55-run Twenty20 defeat.
After a comfortable series-levelling victory for the hosts, a decider is therefore in the offing at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Friday.
Twenty-two-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler once again demonstrated his huge potential, especially in the limited-overs formats, with a 28-ball 50 which contained nine fours and one towering six over long-on.
It was only last week, in Whangarei, that he made his first half-century for his country - in the opening tour match against a New Zealand XI. Within 24 hours, he had added a second in succession, and now he is looking to retain his place for the final showdown.
"I'm not sure really, we've just got to wait and see what the team is for Friday but I'm just concentrating on getting there and if playing it'll be a great game, it's all set up for ta final in Wellington so we just want to go and play a great game," said Buttler.
Buttler wishes his latest performance could have been part of a series-clinching win rather than face-saving damage limitation.
"It was satisfying. I seem to be in a good run of form. But it's always nicer when those runs come in wins," he said. So I hope on Friday I can contribute to an England win."
England's hard-hitting number six nonetheless insists the opposition, and McCullum in particular, deserve some praise for the way they responded to going 1-0 down in Auckland last weekend.
"It was almost a bit of a role reversal," Buttler said. "I think New Zealand played a lot better - and credit where credit's due ... McCullum batted really well, and I think they bowled really well up front.
"Chasing big totals, when people get early wickets that makes it very hard to attain."