England achieved a dramatic win in the second T20I against South Africa to keep their hopes alive regarding a series win against their familiar foes. While the tourists gained a lot of positives from their two-run victory in a nail-biting thriller, the experiment to open with Jos Buttler has backfired for them.
Buttler, England’s most valuable commodity in white-ball cricket, was dismissed for just two off Lungi Ngidi early in the innings threatening a top-order collapse. The stellar wicketkeeper-batsman had a failure in the same batting position in the first game as well returning a cheap contribution of 15.
This spate of low scores does not bode well for England and his transition to the opening slot is clearly not the right way to go for the incumbent 50-over World Cup title-holders heading into the T20 World Cup later this year. Hence, it might make sense to bring in dashing batsman Tom Banton into the mix and shove Buttler down the batting order.