England v Sri Lanka: Jos Buttler admits loss ‘takes edge off special innings’
England v Sri Lanka: Jos Buttler admits a seven-run defeat took the shine off his special innings of 121 from 74 at Lord's
Jos Buttler is hoping to top his breathtaking knock in the future after his quick-fire century couldn’t help England avoid a seven-run loss to Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international.
The hosts were punished for failing to take advantage of a suspect start from Sri Lanka as the tourists were reduced to 26-1 before Kumar Sangakkara posted an innings of 112 to help his side set a target of 301 at Lord’s.
Hopefully I can continue and top that one day in a winning game for England
England were sluggish in reply as Alastair Cook and Ian Bell fell cheaply before Gary Ballance and Joe Root contributed a combined 85 runs until the pair fell in quick succession to leave England on 107-4.
But Buttler and Ravi Bopara put on a sixth-wicket stand of 133 in 16 overs following Eoin Morgan’s dismissal to give the hosts a chance, but the 23-year-old’s 121 from 74 balls was insufficient to secure a famous comeback.
“It was so much fun when the crowd got behind me and Ravi, We had such a good time out there and nearly pulled it off,” Buttler told the ECB’s website.
“Obviously it is disappointing to not get over the line, which takes the edge off how special an innings it was for me.”
On claims that it was the best-ever knock from an England player, Buttler responded: “It’s great to hear that and I am happy with the way I played.
“Hopefully I can continue and top that one day in a winning game for England.”