Buttler optimistic over England's World T20 chances


Record-breaker Jos Buttler believes England are capable of making their presence felt in the World Twenty20 next year following their one-day international series win against Pakistan.

Buttler smashed his own record for the fastest ODI scored by an England player with a sensational 116 from only 52 balls as the tourists won by 84 runs in Dubai on Friday to take the series 3-1.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped from the Test side in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month following a miserable run of form, but made an unbeaten 49 in Sharjah as England won the third ODI to go 2-1 up.

He then put on a masterclass in Dubai, needing only 46 balls to bring up three figures in a phenomenal knock which included eight sixes and 10 fours.

With the World T20 getting underway in March, Buttler thinks England are showing they can be contenders to win the tournament in India for a second time.

He said: "It's about winning. It's great having talent and being a young group but we do need to win and we've come here and done it. The confidence it gives the dressing room and the group of guys, you can't underestimate that.

"There's a World Twenty20 coming up and we are building a really good side."

Opener Jason Roy's maiden international century was overshadowed by Buttler's heroics.

But Buttler was quick to praise the 25-year-old, who made 102 from 117 balls as England posted a mammoth 355-5 - their biggest ODI total overseas - before Pakistan were all out for 271 in reply.

"What a feeling, you saw his celebration, fantastic. He's played really well in the last two series and he really wanted that hundred," Buttler said of Roy's knock.

"When he got past fifty he really took that responsibility to get that score for the side. That's brilliant from him, it looked quite tricky early on, it swung around a bit, and I'm sure we'll see him kick on to be a fantastic player."

England and Pakistan start a three-match T20 series in Dubai on Thursday.