With a good recent record against Sri Lanka, Nasser Hussain believes skipper Jos Buttler is priming for another strong performance as England look to book a semi-final place. Only a victory against Dasun Shanaka's men will be good enough to ensure a spot in the final four, with a defeat gifting Australia the second spot in their group behind New Zealand. Joining Alex Jordan for the Big Time Preview ahead the crucial fixture at the SCG, former England captain Hussain feels the pieces are in place for Buttler to build on his half-century performance against New Zealand and score heavily yet again. I don t think there ever doubt he going to come good in this tournament, Hussain stressed. He a world class player, arguably Englandgreatest ever white-ball cricketer. It was his 100th T20 international (against New Zealand).
He went past Eoin Morgan as a leading run- getter (in the format), but more importantly, for him and the team, they won the game and he made that valuable contribution. When you get down to these must win games, you need your best players to stand up and just did that for England." Keeping a close eye on his compatriot leadership in the heat of battle, Hussain also praised Buttler the skipper, who has been forced to learn on the job quickly after Morgan retirement. I thought he had his best game as captain the other day, just the way he changed the bowling in those first few overs, Hussain noted. The moment they got that first wicket of (Devon) Conway, he realised Williamson stats against spin recently have been low.
Credit: Independent News Pakistan-INP