British, 27, Cricket
English cricket’s standout performer
Representatives: Phoenix Management
Key partners: Kookaburra, Vitality, Cooper Associates, MyProtein
Whether England have ever possessed a cricketer so simultaneously vital across all three formats is debatable. Of course, with the comparatively recent advent of Twenty20 cricket, the sample size is not as extensive as it might be. However, in Buttler, English cricket has a diamond.
A star of the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash, recalled to England’s Test side, the man of the series in England’s 5-0 one-day international (ODI) demolition of Australia: the softly spoken wicketkeeper is a player at the top of his profession. He is the main man in a team of main men – aggressive, skilful and dynamic.
With his side favourites to win next year’s World Cup on home soil, and with two World T20 tournaments also on the horizon, Buttler could scarcely be more important to his country’s fortunes. Chuck in The Hundred – the curious new franchise competition being dreamt up by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – and the scope of ‘Brand Buttler’ may not yet have met its bounds. He is arguably England’s greatest ever one-day player, and he may have accidentally found himself as the face of the game at a time when English cricket’s profile is peaking once again. NF