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Buttler lauds Archer, Wood after series win against Pakistan

England's pacers disrupted Pakistan's momentum early on, in the fourth and final T20I at The Oval

Buttler lauds Archer, Wood after series win against Pakistan PHOTO: AFP

England Jos Buttler commended the exceptional performances of pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood following England's 2-0 series victory against Pakistan in the fourth and final T20I at The Oval. 

Opting to bowl first, England's pacers disrupted Pakistan's momentum early on, with Archer claiming the crucial wicket of opener Babar Azam, and Wood dismissing Azam Khan and Naseem Shah.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Buttler expressed satisfaction with his team's effort, particularly highlighting the duo's bowling prowess. 
"The performance really (pleased me the most). We worked hard in the training, there is a good feeling in the squad. They (Pakistan) got off to a good start but the guys managed to peg it back to a par score. It would have been great to have two more games. We have some good experience. Few guys have been playing the IPL as well, so not short of cricket. Selection is always difficult, which is a nice place to be. Good to see Mark Wood and Jofra Archer operate together on a pitch that had something in it," Buttler said.

While Archer and Wood set the tone, it was the spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who tightened the screws during the middle overs. Rashid's leg-spin yielded two crucial wickets, while Moeen accounted for the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman. Despite a late flourish from Usman Khan, Pakistan managed to post a total of 157 runs.

In the chase, England's opening pair of Phil Salt and Buttler provided a solid foundation, accumulating 82 runs in just 6.2 overs. Salt's aggressive 45 off 24 balls and Buttler's brisk 39 off 21 set the stage for a comfortable chase. Despite a brief fightback from Haris Rauf, who claimed three wickets, England secured victory by seven wickets with 27 balls to spare.

With this series win, England concludes its T20I assignments ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies. They are drawn in Group B alongside Australia, Oman, Scotland, and Namibia, aiming to carry their winning momentum into the prestigious tournament.