“It’s amazing to see and there’s nothing we get tired of or take for granted”; Captain Eoin Morgan has hailed Jos Buttler as the best bowling cricketer in the world after his incredible 162 from 70 balls in England’s world record 498-4 opening ODI against the Netherlands.
Jos Buttler is considered by Eoin Morgan to be the greatest cue-ball cricketer after the England star hit an impressive century to push his team to an international one-day record in Amstelveen.
Buttler beat an unbeaten 162 from 70 balls, including seven fours and 14 sixes, to lift England to 498-4 when they beat the Netherlands by 232 runs in the first ODI.
It was the latest in a series of recent centuries for the 31-year-old striker goalkeeper, who scored four hundred for Rajasthan Royal in the recent Indian Premier League and Morgan says he is leading the way around the world in his current form.
“Jos played in his own world, as he has done for the past two years,” said the English white ball captain.
“It’s fantastic to see and it’s not something we get tired of or take for granted. It really is amazing cricket. That’s why he’s probably the best basketball player in the world right now. ”
Buttler was asked if he was in the shape of his life and agreed that this could very well be the case.
– It feels so clear, he says. “IPL could not have gone better for me. I loved it and it gives you a lot of confidence.
“I came here and felt in good contact. It was really good ground and we got off to a good start, so it gave us a license to really attack. ”
“It’s about trying to sort out the conditions, see what feels good on the day. I try to back up my six hits much more than I have done in the last one or two years. I try to be much quieter and hit sixes. That was the plan for today.
“World T20 went well, Ashes was tough and I actually had two months without cricket after Ashes. I thought it was really refreshing, I really enjoyed that time.”
“I appeared in the IPL without much expectation, but with a lot of motivation and freshness, which is really the key to enjoying your cricket and having the energy and drive to work hard and really bring out the best in yourself.”
Buttler was one of three England centurions in rounds with Phil Salt and Dawid Malan who both made their first ODI tones, with the latter becoming just the second England male player, after Buttler, who reached triple-digit figures in Test cricket, ODI and T20I.
“Having most of the veterans here has helped better integrate guys who have not necessarily played a lot of ODI cricket,” said Morgan. “It’s great to see Dawid Malan and Phil Salt score good points early in their ODI careers.
“It’s great to see the hunger in the depths of our team and I think what makes us most proud is that no one wants to play for this white ball team. But when guys come in and play with the mantra we’ve played for six or seven years, it is a great merit for them.
“It’s not always easy, but Dawid and Phil did it today.”
As for the possibility that England would surpass its new world record and break the 500 barrier, Morgan was quick to dismiss it.
“There is a lot of hard work to be done,” he added. “We do not take days like this for granted at all. We have deserved the right to give it a push today. That does not mean that we will meet each other on Sunday, or next Wednesday, but we have worked incredibly hard days to win like today. ”
Watch the second one-day international match between the Netherlands and England from 9.50 on Sunday at Sky Sports Cricket.