Somerset CCC star Jos Buttler hits another fifty for England - but this time it's in vain
JOS Buttler hit a second successive Twenty20 fifty for England XI in New Zealand – but it was not enough to prevent a final-ball defeat at Whangarei.
The 22-year-old Somerset batsman followed up Tuesday’s match-winning 57 not out from 24 balls by scoring 51 from 31 balls in the second warm-up match against New Zealand XI. His knock included five fours and two sixes, adding to the six fours and three sixes he hit a day earlier.
Along with Eoin Morgan (51 not out) and Michael Lumb (45), Buttler helped England XI post 170-5, only for New Zealand to reach 171-7 when Matt Henry scored a single off the final ball.
Earlier, Tom Latham had scored 64 for New Zealand, with skipper Stuart Broad taking 3-24 for England.
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And Somerset star Buttler will go into Saturday’s opening T20 international at Auckland in fine form, having scored 108 runs off 55 balls in the last two days.
After Saturday’s opener, England face New Zealand again at Hamilton and Wellington in T20 internationals, before three one-dayers and three Test matches.