Liam Livingstone labels Jos Buttler as the best white ball striker 

England batter Liam Livingstone hailed a ‘perfect England performance’ and brilliant innings from Jos Buttler as his side thumped Australia by eight wickets in Dubai.

Jos Buttler stole the show with the bat with his range hitting after bowlers restricted the Australian team to a modest total of 125. The England opener scored an unbeaten half-century of 71 runs off 32 balls, studded with five fours and five sixes, in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Saturday. Livingstone told Sky Sports Cricket: “It was a pleasure to be sat there watching that Jos innings. It was phenomenal to see a genius at work.

“Every single six he hit was 15, 20 rows back, some 50 rows back. I have said it all along – he is the best hitter of a white ball in the world,’ said Liam Livingstone

“When he gets on a roll like that there is no stopping him. It was the perfect innings, a clinic of white-ball power-hitting and long may it continue.”

Livingstone, who bagged figures of 1-15 from four overs with the ball against the old rivals- Australia with his mix of leg and off-spin, said: “Our bowlers have been phenomenal throughout the tournament and we have great depth within our line-up.

“It is hard to hit that Test-match length from the seamers – Woakes’ length is perfect for these pitches. We have bowled that beautifully and backed it up as a spin unit.

“The way our batters have come down the pitch and tried to hit bowlers off their length is something teams haven’t quite done to us yet.”

Livingstone on his bowling: “I have done it for a few years now and worked really hard on it for moments like this – to be able to spin the ball away from the bat when teams are under pressure is a great thing to have.

“I have done loads of work on my lengths with Jeets [England spin-bowling coach Jeetan Patel].

“It’s been about trying to change me as a bowler to try and hit a much better length and not miss full. Thankfully that hard work is starting to pay off and I have done that this tournament.

“I learn so much from Mo [Moeen Ali] and Rash [Adil Rashid].

An off-spinner and a leg-spinner that have probably been two of the best in the world for many years now.

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Vaibhav Tripathi
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