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Jos Buttler thought he was playing his last Test

England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler said that he feared the Old Trafford Test would be his last and it spurred him on to do the match-winning act.

Buttler had dropped two catches and missed a stumping in Pakistan’s first innings with centurion Shan Masood, who was on 45 at the time, going on to make a big hundred. 

Buttler felt he owed England after the missed chances and it culminated in an extraordinary knock and partnership that put England on the brink of a win.

“Thoughts go through your head that if you don’t score any runs it could be your last Test,” Buttler said. 

“Those kind of things are in your head but you have to try to shut them out and play the situation. I’m pleased that I am able to do that.

“I feel like I owed the team. I was very aware that the chances I missed at wicketkeeper were the reason we were chasing as many as we were.

“You think ‘perhaps I’ve cost the team the game’. There’s been some lonely nights thinking about it. It’s a feeling of relief more than enjoyment at the minute.

“As the wicketkeeper in this team you have to take chances and you have to keep better than I did in the first innings – I know that, I don’t need other people to tell me.

“I expect a lot of myself and to play international cricket there’s a level required. I have to be better – that’s a stone-cold fact.

“There’s no point trying to hide that. If I take those chances we might have won two hours earlier.”

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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