England’s white-ball skipper Jos Buttler heaped praise on his batting partner and opener Alex Hales for using the dimensions of the ground to a great effect in order to help his side win the all-important semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and advance into the final of the mega event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). With a 10-wicket victory over India, England stormed into the T20 World Cup final. Alex Hales and Jos Buttler made a mockery of a potentially tricky chase of 169 to knock out India at Adelaide.

Captain Jos Buttler’s decision of winning the toss and elected to bowl reaped fruits in the first half as English bowlers conceded only 62 runs at the halfway mark. However, a remarkable recovery by India led by Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli took the team to a respectable total of 168 at the Adelaide Oval. Buttler and Hales started the innings off in a dominating fashion and eventually remained unbeaten to guide the team to the final.

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Speaking after the game, Buttler said the team has come a long way since their disappointing defeat to Ireland. Buttler talked about his team’s excitement of playing in the semi-final of an ICC tournament and credited the all-around effort for his team’s win over India. 

“[The Ireland game] feels like a long time ago. The character we’ve shown to get through the tournament since then, and put in our best performance today, has been amazing. We came here excited, it was a really good feeling when we came in. A group effort from 1 to 11. We always want to start as fast as we can and be aggressive,” Jos Buttler was quoted as saying.

Buttler All Praise for Gamechanger Hales

Jos Buttler Showers Praise on Alex Hales After the Semi-final Victory Over England
Jos Buttler Showers Praise on Alex Hales After the Semi-final Victory Over England

Hales pummelled the shorter square boundaries while Buttler was equally aggressive against Indian bowlers in a record-breaking unbroken stand of 170. One-half of England’s opening partner Buttler lauded Hales by saying that the swashbuckling batter was tough to ball as used the dimensions of the ground well.

“Adil Rashid was down at No. 11 today, and that gives us the freedom to come out aggressive, that depth. Hales was tough to bowl at today, he used the dimensions of the ground, and we complemented each other perfectly. He was a brilliant batting partner today,” Buttler added.

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