Jos Buttler explained in 2015 why he has two words written on his bat


The England hierarchy will have felt more than vindicated in their decision to recall Jos Buttler to the Test set-up after his impressive innings against Pakistan.

It was a bold move to bring the 27-year-old back into the fold on the strength of his exploits in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals.

The wet slog of Headingley might have put off some limited-overs specialists and the question was how he would slot back into playing the longer format.

However, there was no question of adapting. Buttler hit 80 not out off 101 balls, taking just under three hours to do so.

This wasn't so much a smash and grab as an advocacy of *his* game, which has so often been dismissed as incompatible with the English Test side over the last 18 months.

That said, it wasn't just his performance that proved a talking point.

Eagle-eyed cricket fans spotted something rather unusual about his bat handle, with many noticing it had the words "f*** it" written on the top.

It would be an elaborate bit of Photoshopping to mock those pictures up and indeed, Buttler has even spoken about the message in the past.

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While fans are only just noticing it now, all the way back in 2015 he explained to Michael Vaughan in an interview for the Telegraph why he had written it:

"I was constantly searching for something and you kid yourself that someone out there has got that secret to batting that they can give you one piece of advice that will enable you to go and score a hundred every time," he said.

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"It is silly. By trying to learn I confused myself.

"But you know what? If I just watch the ball and let my natural instinct take over I back myself to get something on the ball whether I bat right or left handed."

That instinct is clearly serving him well again, particularly as those comments were made in the context of him being dropped by the national side.

Vaughan even adds that he adopted a similar tactic to help keep his mind focused.

"I used to do something similar. Written on the top of my bat was 'watch the f***ing ball'," he explained.

You get the feeling that Buttler is a batsman who only knows one way to play and when he gets it right, it can be a joy to watch.

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