New Zealand v England: Jos Buttler hails ‘perfect start’ to tour
New Zealand v England: Joss Buttler hits an unbeaten 57 to help the tourists to a 46-run victory over New Zealand XI on Tuesday
Jos Buttler claimed that England have made the “perfect” start to their latest tour after sealing a 46-run win over a New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old hit an unbeaten 57 to help England rack up a total of 186-3, putting on an unbroken stand of 77 with Eoin Morgan, after being put into bat by the hosts.
Chris Woakes dismissed both of New Zealand’s openers, while Jade Dernbach also took an early wicket before Stuart Broad’s late hat-trick completed the victory.
“It was great to get our first win, and obviously it was a really good all-round performance from everyone,” said Buttler.
“I think as a blueprint for a batting plan, it was perfect. Wickets in hand at the end allow people to come in, as I did today, and score freely at the end.
“It was testament to the guys ahead of me. They realised it was a bit of hard work and, instead of playing any rash shots, they got through that hard period and built a brilliant position for me to come in at the end.
“It’s the perfect way to set up a Twenty20 innings, for that explosive finish at the end.
“With people like Jonny [Bairstow] and Samit [Patel] to come in, there’s a lot of power. So it gives us that licence to be really aggressive.”
England will look to make it successive warm-up victories over New Zealand XI on Wednesday before starting their three-match T20 series on Saturday.