Eng­land call on But­tler for third Test

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND are likely to re­call Jos But­tler as they look to keep alive hopes of a sec­ond-con­sec­u­tive Test se­ries win in In­dia when the third Test be­gins in Mo­hali to­mor­row.

The tourists trail 1-0 fol­low­ing a thump­ing 246-run de­feat in Visakhapatnam and need to claim at least a draw to re­tain a chance of win­ning the five-match se­ries.

Alas­tair Cook’s side can take in­spi­ra­tion from their hero­ics four years ago when they turned round a 1-0 deficit to clinch the four-Test se­ries 2-1.

Mid­dle-or­der bats­man But­tler, who also keeps wicket in the shorter forms, is ex­pected to play his first Test for a year in place of the strug­gling Ben Duck­ett, who has man­aged just 18 runs in the open­ing two matches.

But­tler av­er­ages ex­actly 30 in his 15 Tests to date but Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss is con­fi­dent he can bring his ag­gres­sive short-form bat­ting style to the five-day game.

“I think he’s com­ing to terms with the fact that the best way for him is to play like he does in one-day cricket,” Bayliss said of the 26-year-old But­tler, who has a strike rate of 120.29 runs per 100 balls in his 81 ODIs, with four cen­turies and 12 fifties.

“He’s show­ing a lot of con­fi­dence in the nets, which spin just as much as the cen­tre does, and he’s cer­tainly hit­ting the ball as well as any­one,” Bayliss added.

Eng­land’s bat­ting has ebbed and flowed with only Cook and Ben Stokes show­ing real con­sis­tency, how­ever there have been flashes of bril­liance from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed. – AFP

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