England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler inspired by Adam Gilchirst

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is hoping to emulate Australia legend Adam Gilchrist

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jos Buttler is hoping to emulate Australia legend Adam Gilchrist as the wicketkeeper aims to cement a regular England Test spot.

Former limited-over coach Ashley Giles made Buttler England’s first-choice wicketkeeper during the Ashes tour and T20 World Cup earlier this year.

And the Lancashire man is hoping to produce the aggressive batting performances that were a trademark of Gilchrist’s Test career for the Aussies.

“Gilchrist really changed the role of the wicketkeeper, down the order playing that aggressive, attacking innings,” Buttler told BBC Sport.

“That’s the thing that would suit me to try to emulate.”

Buttler also played down comparisons to former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

“Pietersen was a massive one for being different,” added Buttler.

“He was a great entertainer, put bums on seats, people wanted to watch him bat because he did it differently and he had a style about him.

“I am not Kevin Pietersen, so I wouldn’t be able to do it in his way, but it is about being authentic and playing my brand of cricket.

“You almost have to decide whether you want to conform to the normality of having a good technique and leaving outside off stump or whether you want to be someone who plays a bit differently.

“You might get out in ways that seem unusual in four-day cricket but you know you can play innings that can turn games and win games for your team.”

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