Sharjah: Jose Butler became the first England batsman to score a century in all three formats on Monday and declared his unbeaten 101 in the Twenty20 World Cup “right there” in his illustrious career.
Butler’s first T20 century took England to 163 for seven and their 26-run victory over Sri Lanka in Sharjah extended their unbeaten series to four in the Super 12 stage.
Butler hit six fours and six sixes in his 67-ball innings and scored 112 with skipper Avon Morgan, who scored 40, to put England in trouble at 35-3.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said on his first T20I century in 86 international matches, “Right there. Hopefully more good days are coming but I definitely enjoyed today.”
“To perform in the World Cup, they need to win all the games in this tournament. I think it was a pleasure to come through the innings.
“I was having a hard time in the periods, so I used all my experience and worked patiently, confident that it would come sometime in the innings. Obviously I’m happy with the win.”
The 31-year-old has scored two Test centuries and nine ODI centuries since making his international debut in the 2011 T20 match against India in Manchester.
Butler insists the records are good to remember, but the knock that wins the match for the team motivates them.
“It’s great,” Butler said of his centuries in all formats.
“I think there will be some more people (from England) to get this feat. Just watching today and what it means for the team, what it means for the competition. It means a lot. Is.”
– Stop the trend –
England’s win also halted the tournament’s winning streak for most teams when the Aussies chased down the start, making bowling the second most difficult in the UAE.
Butler and Morgan’s right-handed left-hander batted a three-line stand with a century stand after Sri Lanka’s decision to field.
Adil Rashid then led the charge by returning 2-19 figures from his four-over league spin as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 137 in 19 overs.
“It’s difficult to predict whether the dew will come or not. Obviously it happened tonight, and I think it has definitely changed,” Butler said.
“I think it was a big win for us as a team. Before three matches we won the toss and did what we wanted to do. Today we are probably at the worst end of the spectrum. We did. As a side note. “
He added: “One of our bowlers is getting injured, the boys have to do a few overs in difficult times. I think the role in the group and what it will do for us as a side is invaluable.”
Tim Mills bowled the remaining three balls in the middle of his second over with fellow fast bowler Chris Vokes with hamstring or calf tension.
Butler also frightened England with a straight throw after an innings by running out Sri Lanka captain Dasan Shinaka for 26 runs and spread his arms and celebrated with a big smile.
“I think the run-out at the time was the best feeling on the field today, you can probably see the celebration,” he said.