England’s Jos Buttler says South Africa captain Quinton de Kock is one in every of his “favourite players in the world” as two of essentially the most attacking batsmen on the earth put together for a Twenty20 worldwide collection.
England will play six limited-overs matches in South Africa between November 27 and December 9, together with three ODIs, however it’s the shortest format that can carry essentially the most curiosity with looming Twenty20 World Cups subsequent 12 months and in 2022.
Buttler, 30, and De Kock each open the batting and put on the wicketkeeper gloves for his or her sides, and their head-to-head contest may go an extended strategy to deciding the collection.
“I’m a huge fan of his,” Buttler informed reporters on Monday earlier than the squad left for Cape Town. “He is a fantastic player with an excellent cricket brain. I really enjoy how he views the game and looks to take it on.
“He is one of my favourite players in the world at the moment, and is brilliant with the bat and as a wicketkeeper.”
Buttler believes the Twenty20 collection, particularly, is vital for England to work by way of their choice permutations.
“To win the series is the ultimate aim, but also building towards the World Cups. In 50-over cricket we did that, winning and learning at the same time ahead of the (2019) tournament.
“Winning gives you confidence and clarity about your side. The 50-over team (that won the World Cup) nearly picked itself towards the end of that cycle.
“That gives you a lot of confidence, you are familiar with your own role and what to expect from your team mates.”
England performed three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals in South Africa in February. The touring facet gained the latter collection 2-1.