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Pleasure to watch Buttler's innings - Sam Billings

Sam Billings will be hoping for an opportunity in the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan.
Sam Billings will be hoping for an opportunity in the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan.
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England middle order batsman Sam Billings expressed that it was a pleasure to watch Jos Buttler's 46-ball century against Pakistan in the fourth One-Day International in Dubai.

Buttler posted an unbeaten knock of 116 runs from just 52 balls, in an innings that was laced with 10 boundaries and eight sixes.

The incredible knock from Buttler allowed England to mount a target of 355 in 50 overs – a total they successfully defended to complete a comprehensive 84-run victory.

Giving his views on Buttler’s innings, Billings said: “The bloke's a freak, to put it bluntly. It was a phenomenal innings, and a pleasure to watch.”

Having endured a tough year in Test cricket after scoring just 430 runs at an average of 23.88 from 12 matches, Buttler turned his form around in the ODI series against Pakistan.

Apart from Buttler, players like Alex Hales, Jason Roy and James Taylor have also been impressive in the recently concluded ODI series.

Billings, who made his England debut in June 2015, feels that England have a number of players, who can turn around games like Buttler did in the fourth ODI.

"We're all trying to emulate something like that on a personal level.

"The pleasing thing is that I think we have numerous individuals who can make performances like that happen.

"You aspire to do things like that.

“You've done it at county level, so it's about emulating it at international level.

“If I get an opportunity, I'll give it 100 per cent and hope it will come off." 

England’s revival in ODI cricket comes on the back of a first-round exit in the 2015 World Cup, following which the team adopted a positive approach to turn their form around.

With series wins against New Zealand and Pakistan, England have proven that they can play the modern day game as well as any other team when they are on song.

Recognising the positive change in England’s ODI form, Billings is hoping that the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan helps the team build towards the 2016 World T20 in India.

"As a squad in one-day cricket, I think we've moved forward really well.

"We feel this whole squad can really move up another level, so it's about continuing that momentum throughout this winter into the 'World Cup'.

"It's an important week (coming up), and we'll be giving it a right good go.

“Tours like this are exceptional to improve our skills.” 

Since the completion of the 2014 World T20, England have played just four T20Is and have won three while losing just one game. 

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