Buttler pleased to make his mark
Jos Buttler, having recently found form, admitted his early struggles made him doubt himself.
Jos Buttler is excited with his new-found fame.
England batsman Jos Buttler is delighted to have finally put in a performance on the international stage that will make opponents stand up and take notice.
The 22-year-old hit 32 off 10 balls in Wednesday’s final Twenty20 International of their home series with South Africa at Edgbaston after making only 36 runs in his first six T20I innings.
Taking 30 off a Wayne Parnell over created a stir around the cricket fraternity, meaning Buttler will not be an unknown quantity during the ICC World Twenty20.
Buttler is happy to see his new-found fame in a positive light. “I’m excited about it, gaining a bit of recognition or getting noticed,” he said. “That can only be a good thing; it means you must have done something right for sides to know who you are now. How you deal with that expectation decides how successful you are.”
The right-hander admitted his early struggles for England made him doubt his ability to flourish in England colours.
Buttler said: “You suddenly start thinking ’am I good enough to be here?’, and stuff like that - and ‘when will I get a good chance to do something?’.
“But those frustrations can take your focus away from why you are actually there, and why you’ve been successful in the past.
“That sense of being calmer, more myself and more relaxed - and having that belief that I’m good enough to be there - was a huge factor to performing.
“I didn’t change anything with my batting, but maybe with my mindset. I was a bit more relaxed. I had a good couple of chats with a couple of people to just relax me.”
Buttler and his team-mates get their first taste of action in Sri Lanka on Monday when they face Australia in Colombo.