Buttler ready to deliver for the Renegades
ENGLAND'S limited overs wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler witnessed first-hand the carnage big-hitting Australian representative Aaron Finch is capable of last August.
He was behind the stumps when Finch hammered his Twenty20 world record 156, an innings which included a staggering 14 sixes and 11 fours, against England in Southampton.
Now Buttler is going to be playing on the same side as the Victorian.
The Englishman, in the tourists' ODI and T20 squads to play Australia following the Ashes, will make his Big Bash League debut for the Finch-captained Melbourne Renegades against cross-town rival Melbourne Stars in the opening game of the competition at the MCG on Friday.
After spending the summer to date with the England Performance Programme, Buttler, who made his international debut in a T20 against India in Manchester in 2011, will play four games for the Renegades before his England duties commence. The 23-year-old will be replaced in the Renegades line-up by Pakistani T20 captain, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
Buttler has played 25 T20s for England. He averages 23.83 with a best of 54 against New Zealand in Hamilton last February. His strike rate is an impressive 148.95.
He has not played any short format of the game while he has been in Australia, but knows he won't have any time to settle in during his brief BBL stint.
"I will have to get back to trying to slog it, rather than block it," he said.
"It's a really tough skill, actually - something that I've not quite been able to do as well as I would have liked in the past, so hopefully my time with the Renegades will help.
"The more experience and exposure I get will really be good for my game."