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Tons more to come, says England ace Jos Butler

By David Clough

Published 11/06/2015

Jos Buttler acknowledges the crowd after his innings of 129 during the Royal London One-Day Cup
Jos Buttler acknowledges the crowd after his innings of 129 during the Royal London One-Day Cup

Jos Buttler already has unique billing as the scorer of the two fastest hundreds in England's one-day history - and he hopes to go even quicker in future.

Buttler added a 66-ball century in England's record-breaking Royal London Series victory over World Cup finalists New Zealand at Edgbaston to add to the Lord's hundred he smashed off only 61 against Sri Lanka last summer.

His big-hitting, and some too from Joe Root above him - the Yorkshireman raced to three figures in 71 balls, to become England's third fastest for around an hour or so before Buttler overtook him - carried the hosts into unchartered territory with their first ever 400-plus ODI total.

It was all too much for the Kiwis, who had trounced England in Wellington in their last meeting four months ago, but this time folded to 198 all out to go 1-0 down in the five-match series.

England recorded their biggest runs margin of victory, 210, leaving Buttler to expound afterwards as to what may still be possible as the transformation of former Ireland star Eoin Morgan's team gathers pace.

Captain Morgan, and his deputy Buttler, both spoke before Tuesday's match about the collective decision to ditch the conservatism associated with their woeful World Cup winter.

At the first attempt, they lived out their own prophecies with a display which left even Morgan admitting his expectations had been exceeded.

Buttler shared a world-record seventh-wicket stand of 177 with Adil Rashid.

"I feel really proud," said Buttler. "Throughout my career, that is the way I enjoy playing cricket.

"My method is to score as many as I can as quick as I can.

"I hope, one day, I'll have a go at trying to break those records."

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