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Jos Buttler eyeing England chance

Jos Buttler is hoping to get a go against West Indies this Sunday after another strong performance for Somerset in yesterday’s Friends Life t20 victory over Northamptonshire.

Buttler starred with the bat as his unbeaten 58 guided the runners-up of the last three years to a thrilling five-wicket win over the Steelbacks with just one ball remaining in their Midlands/Wales/West Group match at Taunton.

The talented right-hander was delighted to be included in England’s squad for the NatWest International T20 against the Windies, but insists there is not more pressure on him to perform as he looks ahead to this weekend’s game at Trent Bridge.

“It is really exciting to be picked for England,” he told ecb.co.uk. “I am really looking forward to it, but I have two games with Somerset yet before I join up with the squad so another couple of strong performances and hopefully I can get a go on Sunday.

“There is always pressure to perform for everyone. It is great to get some runs in front of the Sky cameras but, wherever the game is, you always went to do well; it isn’t really different. There is a game of cricket that needs to be won and that is what you’ve got to do.”

Buttler insists that, despite a tight game, Somerset have the strength in depth to go far in this year’s competition.

“It was a challenging score on a used wicket. We know that we had to play well but we always felt that we were in control,” he added.

“We have to go one step at a time. We have to get to the quarter-finals first and qualify through the group. We have had some great games here and played really well, which is promising, and our squad can get stronger again with Richard Levi and Albie Morkel to come back.

“So we are really positive and really enjoying Twenty20; it is a welcomed break and it is going really well.”

Stand-in Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas believes that Buttler was the difference on the day and insists that the strength of their squad will be key as they aim to go one step further in this season’s campaign.

“He is a world-class player,” Thomas said. “He has just matured so much over the last 12 months and today I think he was the difference for us.

“It was a fantastic effort all round, especially from the boys who came in. We had Arul Suppiah who did a fantastic job for me, and that just shows the character of the Somerset team. We have so much strength and depth at the moment which will hopefully hold us in good stead.”

Watch the interview on ecb.co.uk

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About Chris Airey

Sports Journalist at Staffordshire Uni - writes for DerbyshireCCC, TelfordUtd Programme and AllOutCricket - tries to play a bit of cricket too!!

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