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Posted at: May 15, 2019, 8:17 AM; last updated: May 15, 2019, 8:17 AM (IST)

Jos power demoralising slower teammates: Roy

Jos power demoralising slower teammates: Roy
Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq struck a magnificent 151 on Tuesday. Reuters

London, May 14

Jos Buttler is an exceptional talent and his blistering knocks are nearly demoralising England’s top-order batsmen who score at a more conventional run-a-ball rate, teammate Jason Roy has said.

Buttler blasted a 50-ball century, his eighth in ODIs, in Saturday’s second ODI against Pakistan, prompting former England captain Nasser Hussain to rank the 28-year-old among the all-time greats in this format. “He’s as good as it gets to be honest,” Roy said. “It’s not a shock, in fact it’s getting a kind of routine for him to come out and play those sorts of innings. He’s almost demoralising the guys at the top of the order that are going at a run a ball and he comes in and just blitzes it,” he added. 

Buttler made 110 not out at two-runs-a-ball rate and England will expect their middle order lynchpin to keep firing as they chase their maiden 50-overs World Cup title. “He’s an extreme talent and works hard for it and deserves everything he gets,” said Roy, who scored 87 against Pakistan on his return from injury. “I’m 100 per cent fit. I spent six or seven weeks with my hamstring injury, fixing my torn hamstring. Then my back was quite a big issue but it was resolved by the great medical staff we have here,” he added. — Reuters

Imam ton powers Pak to 358/9 vs Eng 

Bristol: Imam-ul-Haq came into form ahead of the World Cup with a career-best 151 as Pakistan made 358/9 against hosts England in the third ODI. The 23-year-old left-hander’s innings was also the highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman against England at this level, surpassing the 138 made by his opening partner, Fakhar Zaman, in a 12-run defeat at Southampton on Saturday.  Chris Woakes returned with 4/67 runs in a maximum 10 overs. — AFP

Brief Scores: Pakistan: 358/9 (Imam 151, Asif 52; Woakes 4/67) vs England

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