Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BUTTLER BOOSTED BY KING KEV'S LESSONS ; Lancashire Batsman Jos Reveals Good Advice from Kevin Pietersen Was 'Invaluable'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BUTTLER BOOSTED BY KING KEV'S LESSONS ; Lancashire Batsman Jos Reveals Good Advice from Kevin Pietersen Was 'Invaluable'

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LANCASHIRE'S Jos Buttler is surely destined to be a leading light of England's new era, but is happy to admit he derived great benefit from playing in the old one alongside Kevin Pietersen.

Buttler made both his oneday international and Twenty20 debuts in teams containing Pietersen, but only 13 of the 23-year-old's 52 limited-overs caps to date have coincided with the availability of England's record runscorer.

There will be no more reunions, of course, after England's controversial decision to call time on Pietersen's international career in the aftermath of this winter's Ashes drubbing.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has set its sights on a future without Pietersen - one in which, according to its statement two weeks ago, it is hoped "everyone... (will be) able to trust each other".

Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler will be one of those required to demonstrate England can prosper without Pietersen.

As he prepared for the start of two limited-overs series against West Indies - three ODIs in Antigua and three Twenty20s in Barbados - he made it clear he found Pietersen's advice invaluable in the short cross-over of their careers.

"The calibre of player that Kevin was, it was great to be around him," said Buttler.

"Personally, I liked to try and ask him as many questions as I could - as everyone usually does, when you've got people who are that good.

"It's good to try to pick their brains, and he was a great player for England. But that decision has been made, and now we have to move on as a team - and we can do that here, starting this week."

England badly need some early successes against the Windies, to try to rebalance a damning 12-1 scoreline as Australia simply kept beating them across all formats this winter. Stuart Broad, who will captain England here in both limited-overs formats and then again in his permanent role at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, has called on the new generation of 'match-winners' to fill the vacancy left by Pietersen.

"They are some big shoes to fill - obviously he was a great player," said Buttler. …

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