Buttler dropped two catches and missed a stumping throughout Pakistan’s first innings within the Test right here. Two of these misses price the hosts dearly as Shan Masood, who was on 45, went on to attain 156, serving to the guests put up 326.
Former wicketkeeper Matt Prior feels Buttler is caught in a “horrible place” and the staff ought to assist him.
“I feel for Jos it’s a horrible place to be but England need him to come out of it,” Prior instructed Sky Sports’ The Cricket Debate.
“But it’s not just one guy. If one guy is struggling, the wicketkeeper is struggling, the team have to stand up and say ‘concentrate on your stuff, we’ve got this’,” Prior added.
The 38-year-old Prior, who featured in 79 Tests between 2007 and 2014, mentioned Buttler’s posture and manner in the course of the match indicated he’s not assured about his sport.
“I watched Jos very intently and he is in that place, which I sadly have expertise of myself, the place you query your personal sport. Quite a few instances you can see that Jos was taking a look at his fingers, his gloves.
“I do know that instantly your gloves do not feel fairly proper, your posture is just not proper. You query all the things reasonably than taking a look at what the match scenario is and how one can assist the bowler or captain or gee the fielders up which, as we all know, is such a vital position for a keeper,” he added.
Prior mentioned it’s “the worst” place for a participant to be in when on the sphere.
“When you’re battling behind the stumps, it’s fairly actually the worst place to be on the cricket pitch as a result of you realize that ball is coming to you. As a wicketkeeper you’re on the market for seven hours and the ball will come to you so it’s important to discover a approach to not go too inside.”
Former wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart agreed that the staff ought to rally behind Buttler throughout his troublesome time.
“The different 10 gamers ought to perceive that Jos goes by way of a extremely robust time. The final thing you need is to be tense, on edge and never wanting the ball to come back to you as a result of there is no such thing as a hiding place for a wicketkeeper,” Stewart mentioned.
“If he has to even be the cheerleader for the staff then you’re asking an excessive amount of. So somebody in that group ought to go ‘Jos, I’ll take over for some time and get the troops up. You consider catching the ball and staying relaxed’.”
Stewart additionally lavished reward on wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who’s at the moment with the facet as an official reserve, including that he would do a superb job behind the stumps if given an opportunity.
“He is an unbelievable keeper and his hand velocity is second to none. He is able to play however has to get into the facet,” Steward mentioned.
“I assumed he was harshly handled after his winter in Sri Lanka and West Indies as he confirmed that not solely is he an impressive wicketkeeper but in addition a really completed batsman.
“When he gets the chance, I hope he is given as long a chance as other keepers have been. He has to earn the right to get in – Jos is in possession – but he is a game-changer with the gloves on,” Stewart added.
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