Jos Buttler has set his sights on “a really good summer” after producing one of the greatest one-day international centuries of all time at Lord’s last week.
Buttler enhanced his already-burgeoning reputation by firing 121 runs from just 74 balls in England’s fourth ODI against Sri Lanka; reviving a faltering run chase and very nearly leading his country to victory.
The 23-year-old was naturally disappointed to lose the match, with England falling short by just eight runs, while they came up second best in the series, but has reflected on his performance with understandable satisfaction.
“Really proud is one of the main emotions I got from it,” Buttler told GiveMeSport. “It’s obviously the best I’ve played and to do that at Lord’s in front of a brilliant crowd and atmosphere was special.
“It was great fun as well. We were really enjoying it and the crowd were too - they were right behind us.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman received a slew of plaudits from ex-players, pundits and supporters following his memorable knock at the home of cricket. Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, heralded the knock as the “greatest ODI century from an England player that I have ever seen”, and comments such as these from such esteemed individuals make Buttler very proud indeed.
“They’re great comments and it’s nice praise to hear,” Buttler said. “It builds your confidence really high. But it’s important to keep my feet on the ground and remember that it’s gone now.”
The Taunton man, who left Somerset to join Lancashire last year, is already focusing on the remainder of the season.
“Hopefully I can kick on from this and have a really good summer. I haven’t spent as much time as I would have liked at Lancashire,” he added.
“I was away a lot of the winter, played a few games and then had the England series.
“I’m looking forward to being back at Old Trafford with the Lancashire lads and having a really good season.”
Jos is represented by International Sports Management.