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Buttler best on show in BBL08

20 February 2019

Jos Buttler // Getty Images

Wicket keeper-batsman made the most of his short season

Jos Buttler dominated the first half of the eighth KFC Big Bash League before his campaign was cut short by national commitments.

The Englishman, in his second year at Sydney Thunder after a stint at the Melbourne Renegades in BBL03, scored 273 runs in seven matches at an average of 39 with a strike rate of 135.15.

Buttler departed at the half way mark as the competition’s leading run scorer, with a BBL career-high 89 and two half-centuries to his name.

Buttler left Thunder at the beginning of January to join his national teammates in the Caribbean for England’s Test series against the West Indies.

After a slow start to the series, the 28-year-old proved his ability with the red-ball, scoring 67 and 56 in the third match.

England’s five-match one-day series against the West Indies begins on Wednesday, ahead of a three-match T20 series.

While the in-form wicket keeper-batsman was missed, Thunder managed to finish the season with a record of 3-3-1.

Buttler’s spot was capably covered by Jay Lenton and a pair of 19-year-old rookies Matthew Gilkes and Baxter Holt.

Buttler is committed to Thunder for at least one more season after signing a two-year deal.