T20 preview: England v Bangladesh in Chittagong


Jos Buttler is England’s key batsman as well as captain (Picture: Getty/Metro)

Bangladesh v England, First T20 International 9am, Chittagong, Sky Sports

Jos Buttler will lead from the front when England head into today’s T20 series opener against Bangladesh.

Given the relentless nature of international cricket, it is not always easy to take a step back, take stock and realise just how brilliant England’s white-ball captain is. Buttler is a supremely talented batter with an extravagant array of strokes while the aplomb with which he improvises at the crease is at times breathtaking.

No wonder he is a prized asset in franchise cricket – the man is pure box office with bat in hand.

Fittingly for a player with an almost military bearing (if not a cricketer he could probably still pass for a captain), the sight of Buttler marching out to bat comes with a buzz of excitement.

But aside from the sumptuous strokes and crowd-peppering hits (he has 108 T20i maximums to his name), Buttler is remarkably consistent.

With that in mind, we delved into some of his mightily impressive career stats in the shortest format for England.

T20: Joss Buttler in numbers

Joss Buttler

103 – T20 internationals

2,602 – T20i runs (an England record)

101 no – Highest score – he is one of only four England players to score a T20i ton

19 – Half-centuries

144.23 – Strike rate – an even higher 169.41 last year

34.69 – Average

141 – Extraordinary average across three T20 World Cup semi-finals

46.56 – average when England lose the toss, compared to 25.86 when they win it. Yet batting first or second and playing home or away makes little difference

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