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Buttler Impresses Despite England Loss

By Jimmymycrushie
England’s efforts to gain form ahead of their T20 series with New Zealand this February have suffered a minor blow after falling to defeat on the last ball of the game against an NZ XI on Wednesday.
Although England set their counterparts a tricky 170 to win after 20 overs, Tom Latham steered New Zealand XI towards the line with a resplendent 64, surviving four partnerships before Matt Henry hit the winnings runs on the final delivery.
A defeat is the worst preparation for England’s tour of New Zealand, which gets properly underway in the three-match T20 series this weekend, but one positive note can be taken from the defeat.
For Jos Butler recorded his second-successive half-century to put England in complete control in Whangarei, the 22-year-old smashing 52 form 36 balls from sixth man. 
Butler’s performance – which supported the England innings after Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow earlier fell for four and two respectively – kept England in the tie and his 87-run partnership with Eoin Morgan (who also totalled 51) was a real positive on the day.
What England lacked was a strong bowling attack capable of taking down Latham after Samit Patel took Hamish Rutherford 58 runs in. Despite Stuart Broad taking a hat-trick the day before, the captain’s team-mates failed to live up to his level and Broad’s 3-24 on Wednesday proved too late to stop New Zealand.

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