After analyzing Jos Buttler’s performance in the ongoing Test series between England and Pakistan, former captain Nasser Hussain is of the opinion that dropping Jonny Bairstow for Buttler was a compulsive decision by the England team. He believes that the selectors should have given more thought before replacing Bairstow.
The England team selectors considered Juttler over Bairstow owing to his unsatisfactory batting form in the previous tournaments. However, Buttler hasn’t been able to do much justice to the role as well. His efficiency of handling batting and keeping together seems questionable. He played a major role in the erroneous performance of the bowlers on the first day of the series. A couple of missed catches cost them an important wicket of that of Shan Masood who contributed 45 runs to the 96-run partnership with Babar Azam. Masood went on to score 145 and Buttler erred yet again on Thursday.
In his Daily Mail column, Nasser wrote, “Buttler had actually been keeping well, with the exception of that one missed chance off Jermaine Blackwood in the first Test against West Indies, and he compared favourably throughout the series with Shane Dowrich.”
While justifying his views, Nasser asserted, “The problem for today’s keeper-batsman is that he has to do both jobs well. It’s not the same for an all-rounder such as Ben Stokes, who can go through a lean spell taking wickets if he is scoring plenty of runs.”
“That’s why it was harsh of England to drop Jonny Bairstow to give the job to Buttler last year because his glovework at the time was excellent. And we also knew there was plenty of potential in Bairstow’s batting for him to come through his rough patch,” he concluded.