Jos Buttler had to go wild to hit that ball for a six.© Twitter
England’s white-ball vice-captain Jos Buttler is in the form of his life. After a dreamy Indian Premier League season with Rajasthan Royals, the wicketkeeper batter marked his return to the national colors by breaking an unbeaten 162 to help England set a world record ODI score of 498/4 in the first game against the Netherlands and then follow it up with an unbeaten 86 in the third game to help his team win the series 3-0. During the 3rd ODI in Amstelveen on Wednesday, Buttler again had an imperious touch, hitting seven fours and five sixes in his 64-ball knock. The form Buttler was in on Wednesday, that even when Dutch pacer Paul van Meekeren threw a double bouncing pitch – with the second jump off the field – didn’t stop the 31-year-old from chasing it and sending the ball to the stands.
The incident happened in the 29th over, when Buttler was at his most aggressive. Meekeren’s bouncer didn’t go to plan and the ball jumped off the field after the first bounce and landed outside the field down the leg side. But Buttler was quick to the ball and knocked it away.
Watch: Jos Buttler’s six from outside the field against the Netherlands
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The ball was, of course, considered a no-ball because he had thrown twice before reaching the batter and Buttler delivered six more on the ensuing free hit.
Buttler’s attack, coupled with Jason Roy’s incredible 86-ball 101*, left England chasing the 245-run goal in just 30.1 overs.
Previously, David Willey’s four-wicket-haul helped England knock out the hosts for 244, even as Dutch skipper Scott Edwards scored his third consecutive half-century.
Buttler, who finished with 248 runs from the three ODIs, was named Player of the Series.
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