After scoring a vital 75 in England’s second innings to help his side to a three wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Buttler has admitted to having doubts about his Test match credentials and recognises that he still has work to do to cement his place in the team.
Buttler had a poor match with the gloves in Manchester, missing three chances in Pakistan’s first innings, including two off left-handed opener Shan Masood who went on to make a century. By Buttler’s own admission, England’s fourth innings chase would have been far more manageable had he been able to take either or both of those chances and his missteps added to the scrutiny he was already facing over his faltering returns with the bat since the start of last year.
“At times there’s been some lonely nights thinking about it,” Buttler said. “It’s a feeling of relief more than enjoyment at the minute. As the wicketkeeper in this team you have to take chances and you have to keep better than I did in the first innings – I know that, I don’t need other people to tell me that. I expect a lot of myself and to play international cricket there’s a level required. And I have to be better – that’s a stone-cold fact, there’s no point trying to hide that.