Buttler will be key for England at World Cup, says Trescothick

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 20:54 hrs

[UAE], Mar 11 (ANI): Former England opener Marcus Trescothick on Monday said Jos Buttler's form with the bat will be key for the team to win the 50-over World Cup.

The World Cup is scheduled to take place in England, starting May 30. The hosts will play South Africa in curtain raiser of the tournament at The Oval in London.

Buttler has seven ODI tons to his name, including a 77-ball 150 against West Indies last month.

Trescothick, who played with Buttler earlier in his career at Somerest, said big-hitters are the key for England to end the 44 years of hurt and lift the World Cup trophy on their soil.

“That hundred he scored against the West Indies was absolutely sensational. To see someone, play in that fashion is quite stunning,” ICC quoted Trescothick, as saying.

“Jos is on fire and whatever game he is playing and in whatever format, he is superb now. I really hope his form continues into the World Cup, because if he is in form then he will be the stand-out difference for England,” he said.

England have had reached the World Cup final on three previous occasions in 1979, 1987 and 1992.

The former England opener further said the World Cup being played on their home soil is an advantage for Eoin Morgan-led side.

“It is a big deal to play World Cup matches at home. Having experienced one World Cup in my career back in 2003, it would have been lovely to have it in your own country. It is all more familiar and a bit more relaxing," he said.

“There are other demands. The crowds will expect, and the country will put a bit of pressure on the team, but they are in such a good place now that I believe they can cope with those things," Trescothick said. (ANI)