Boom Buttler; Jos Breaks Own Record as England Win Series

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Boom Buttler; Jos Breaks Own Record as England Win Series


Byline: PAUL NEWMAN reports from Dubai

THERE was nothing suspicious about this. No need to be worried, as we now have to be about the third one-day international, over the legitimacy of what took place in Dubai.

What we saw yesterday was one of the great one-day innings from Jos Buttler.

After being dropped from England's Test team after a woeful run which culminated in scores of nought and seven in this very stadium last month, Buttler was back to his best in an 84-run victory that completes a notable 3-1 one-day series triumph, whatever the truth about Sharjah.

Sportsmail's revelation that England's win there last Tuesday is under investigation leaves a bitter taste, particularly as everyone in cricket desperately wants to believe Pakistan are clean. But it should not overshadow this.

There was no doubting Pakistan's intent here, just as there did not seem any doubt they were trying to win when they bowled in what is now a tainted third 50-over game.

It is the spectacular batting collapse in Sharjah, in what is known as a bracket, which has led to keen interest from the International Cricket Council.

So comically bad was Pakistan's cricket then, particularly the three run-outs, that it would have been a dereliction of duty had the governing body not looked into the betting patterns.

But let's not allow that to spoil what a hugely gifted player achieved here, for this was a genuinely staggering display of power-hitting by Buttler.

In 52 balls, he smashed an unbeaten 116, the second 50 coming off just 16. The century, reached off 46 balls, beat his own England record by 15 deliveries as eight majestic sixes flew off his bat.

'We were watching him and we weren't surprised because we know what Jos is capable of,' said England captain Eoin Morgan. …

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