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Morgan in awe of Buttler talent

16th February 2020, 18:26 by Neil Foster

England skipper Eoin Morgan feels Jos Buttler is as good as anyone in limited-overs cricket and should be afforded more respect.

Buttler, 29, was at his devastating best as England chased down 223 to beat South Africa in the deciding Twenty20 contest on Sunday to claim the series 2-1.

The Lancashire ace clubbed 57 from just 29 deliveries, with nine fours and two sixes to set the Three Lions on their way to a five-wicket victory in Centurion.

A superb 64 from Jonny Bairstow plus seven sixes by Morgan himself saw the tourists over the line and puts them as one of the favourites to win the T20 World Cup later this year.

Buttler will doubtless play a big part in any success they may have but has struggled at times over the past 12 months, especially in Test cricket.

His contributions in the one-day game were also below par until a significant knock in England's 50-over Word Cup final victory over New Zealand.

He showcased his skills once again at Supersport Park and Morgan wants fans and the media to get behind the hard-hitting star.

"He is one of our greatest ever white-ball cricketers. I realise why people talk about him so much, but not why some of it is negative," he told Sky Sports.

"He's got as much ability as AB De Villiers, who took a long time and a lot of games to get going in a South African shirt. We need to back guys like him, with his talent, and support them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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