FirstPost.com (India) – Birmingham: Jos Buttler will be promoted to open the innings in England’s lone Twenty20 international against Australia at Edgbaston on Wednesday, team management have confirmed.

Summary

  • Birmingham: Jos Buttler will be promoted to open the innings in England’s lone Twenty20 international against Australia at Edgbaston on Wednesday, team management have confirmed.
  • He has opened once before for England in his 61 T20 internationals, making an unbeaten 73 off 49 balls – his highest T20 score for England — when Sri Lanka were beaten by eight wickets at Southampton in 2016.
  • Buttler has usually been deployed as a middle-order batsman by England but, having been recalled to the Test side earlier this season, they are now determined to cash in on his recent brilliant form in white-ball cricket.
  • The wicketkeeper-batsman was named man-of-the-series after England’s 5-0 rout of world champions Australia, with his brilliant 110 not out sealing a dramatic one-wicket win in the fifth one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday.
  • Paul Farbrace, deputising as head coach in place of Trevor Bayliss for this one-off match and next month’s three T20s against India, confirmed the 27-year-old Buttler’s promotion by telling reporters at Edgbaston on Tuesday: “He will open tomorrow (Wednesday).


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