Buttler thrilled by 'amazing' turnaround


Jos Buttler reflected on a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after blasting England to a series-clinching one-day international victory over Pakistan with a majestic 52-ball 116 in Dubai.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was axed from England's five-day side after last month's second Test with Pakistan at the same venue, with Jonny Bairstow taking the gloves.

A dreadful run of form led to Buttler losing his place, but he showed signs of returning to form with an unbeaten 49 in Tuesday's third ODI in Sharjah and built on that innings in sensational style on Friday.

Already the owner of England's two quickest hundreds in 50-over cricket, Buttler improved significantly on his previous record by reaching three figures from just 46 balls on this occasion.

He raced from 50 to 104 in 16 deliveries with an array of spectacular strokes and finished with 10 fours and eight sixes as England racked up a mammoth total of 355-5, which Pakistan fell 84 runs short of.

"It's amazing how cricket turns around. To come back here and have a good day is really satisfying," said Buttler at the post-match presentation.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: "I'm elated. To go and play like that is really satisfying after a very lean period. I don't really understand how it can turn around so fast.

"Probably a format change came at the right time for me, but to be honest I don't really know. It's not that I've trained any differently.

"I think the confidence from Sharjah has given me a lot, to get that monkey off my back to actually do something. It's so satisfying after what has been a tough time."

England coach Trevor Bayliss was thrilled by Buttler's performance.

"I'm not sure I've got the words for what I saw tonight. It was unbelievable batting and it wasn't just slogging," he told Sky Sports.