England pulled off a historic fightback to defeat Pakistan in the first #raisethebat Test; courtesy a sixth-wicket stand of 139 between Buttler and Woakes. While Butler was under tremendous pressure after a string of poor shows, the wicketkeeper-batsman lived up to his lofty repute to turn around the fortunes for Three Lions.
Buter, who made 75 on his Lancashire home ground, and Chris Woakes, 84 not out, turned the tide in the home side’s favour to put them right back into the contest.
Butler’s innings is indeed very special as he also had to contend with the fact that his father had been admitted to hospital on Friday, although he has since been discharged.
Jos Buttler admitted he thought he may have played his last Test after the England wicketkeeper atoned for a poor display with the gloves by starring with the bat in a three-wicket win over Pakistan at Old Trafford.
“It says a huge amount about him as a person to carry all of that and be able to either use it, or park it,” said England skipper Joe Root.
“It shows how mentally strong he is more than anything, but also how skilful. One of Jos’ big traits is when he’s under pressure he puts in big performances. He can deal with high-pressure.”
Jos Buttler feared he was playing his last Test, but pushed aside those negative thoughts. With his skipper backing him, he played a crucial hand in England's win 👏 pic.twitter.com/h9ByCzBQzw
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England had slumped to 117-5 chasing a stiff target of 277 on Saturday’s fourth day. Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes pulled off a miracle in Manchester on Saturday as England chased down 277 against Pakistan to win the first Test by 3 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan had the upper hand for the better part of the four days but lost the first and final sessions on Saturday to concede the match. This is also the highest successful run chase at Old Trafford since England made 294 to beat New Zealand in 2008.