“Freakish” England batsman Jos Buttler has a “gear not many others have” says captain Eoin Morgan, after the wicketkeeper hit a 50-ball century in Saturdays win over Pakistan.
Buttler, 28, hit an unbeaten 110 as the hosts posted 373-3 before holding on to win by 12 runs in Southampton.
“For the last four years, David Willey and Liam Plunkett in particular have reacted really well to being put under pressure,” Morgan said. “You ask them to do more and they respond really well. They probably don’t get the praise that they should or that other guys get. But the more responsibility we’ve given them, they’ve reacted really well,” he added.
It is the second fastest one-day international century by an England batsman, with Buttler also holding the record for the fastest with 46 balls.
Buttler now has five of the 10 fastest ODI centuries by an England batsman, having struck a 60-ball ton on his way to 150 against West Indies in Grenada in February.
On Saturday, Morgan hit 71 not out in a partnership of 162 with Buttler, who smashed six fours and nine sixes in a stunning knock.
When asked if England could consider putting Buttler, who bats at five, higher up the order, Morgan said: “He always seems to time his run really well.
Weve always done that, Ali told Sportsmail on Friday. Weve won the series, but we always lost that one game somewhere thats brought us back down to earth. Over the last four years weve had it so many times that we know we cant afford it now.
“He always seem to have enough enough balls to bash a hundred. He was the difference between the sides.”
Englands bowling attack was tested on a batting-friendly pitch, with pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood missing out, along with skilful death bowler Tom Curran.
Although they struggled to make inroads in the middle overs, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett were particularly impressive in the final stages of the match.
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“In the last four years, Willey and Plunkett in particular have reacted when they have been put under pressure,” Morgan added.
“You ask them to do more and they respond really well. They probably dont get the praise that they should.
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When he was made aware of the images on Sunday, Plunkett himself reported the footage to match referee Richie Richardson and said he was only spinning the ball in his fingers.
Richardson spoke to the on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney on Sunday who confirmed he had no suspicions over the condition of the ball.
“The ICC is aware of the unverified video that is currently circulating on social media,” the ICC said in a statement on Sunday. “The match officials are comfortable that there was no attempt to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over by over examinations of the ball throughout the game.”
The match officials are comfortable that there was no attempt to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over by over examination of the ball throughout the game, said the ICC in a statement.
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The ball looked as if it had flaps of leather hanging off it and was in poor condition by the end of the Pakistan innings but the white kookaburra does not wear well. The LED advertising boards also damage the ball.
There are two different balls used at each end and at the conclusion of each over the ball is returned to the umpire.
The balls are not swinging and bowlers will try to look after the condition to try and extract some kind of lateral movement through the air but they are always walking a fine line between what is legal and what is not.
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The incident has been closed as far as officials are concerned but it is a warning to teams that they will be monitored closely during the World Cup, particularly in the light of last years ball tampering scandal involving Australia.