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The unlikely trigger for England recovery


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England's forgotten x-factor has finally found form and according to Ian Healy that could spell trouble for Australia as they attempt to bowl the hosts out early on day two of the fifth Test at The Oval.

Buttler had a torrid time in the first three Tests of the series, looking horribly out of form as he posted four single digit scores in his first six knocks.

That changed at Old Trafford, where he was one of his side's best contributors in a losing cause, holding the tail together with innings of 41 and 34.

Sloppy errors cruel Australian fielding effort

In both of those digs it was his positive intent at the crease that caught the eye, with the limited overs superstar unlocking his natural hitting power as he regained the confidence that makes him so dangerous.

However it was a set of circumstances put in train by Mitchell Marsh's superb spell of bowling on day one at The Oval that forced Buttler to really unleash.

"He's so dangerous, the game, like a one-day game, is telling him how to play," Healy told Wide World of Sports.

"Leach comes in, it's time to have a swing so off he goes so he got some clarity, like a one-day game.

"Where he's struggled is to decide for himself when to take that on and go like that. He hasn't been in good enough form but he's certainly sprung into form now."

Healy's point is that with only Leach and Stuart Broad left to hang around for England, Buttler has no other option but to stand and deliver or risk quickly being stranded.

And that's exactly what he did, piling into Josh Hazlewood in particular to make it to stumps at 64 not out off just 84 balls, with England on 8/271 and the match evenly poised.

When he returns on day two he'll have the opportunity to play a match shaping innings.

"If England can get another 50 they're well in the game, as it is they're in the game," Healy said.

"They're going to have to make, I think it's a game where you probably need 600 runs batting, so if they make less than 300, they're probably going to have to make that again, England," Healy said.

"And Australia better bank on getting the bulk of their 600 in the first innings, because you try and make 200 in the second innings at The Oval and it's very difficult at times."

Buttler drives England to competitive total

While a further 50 runs would please England if they can frustrate Australia for long enough to top 350 they'll feel confident of their ability to salvage a 2-2 series draw.

Which makes Australia's tactics with the ball crucial in the first hour of play. The most crucial factor could be the field they set to Buttler. Are they brave enough to attack or do they spread the field?

That's a tough call, according to Healy.

"Tactically, I don't know, I haven't really got a problem, he's just so dangerous I'd probably have some protection on the ropes and hope to bowl for a genuine mishit, a bloke like him has to genuinely mishit it or it's a six," Healy said.

"A normal mishit carries the ropes so I don't mind it, it's the modern way.

"We probably didn't bowl perfectly to him, the yorkers just missed their spot, shot balls sometimes weren't perfectly positioned and he got a hook away, so yeah, I don't mind the tactic but we can bowl that tactic better."

England's forgotten x-factor has finally found form and according to Ian Healy that could spell trouble for Australia as they attempt to bowl the hosts out early on day two of the fifth Test at The Oval.

Buttler had a torrid time in the first three Tests of the series, looking horribly out of form as he posted four single digit scores in his first six knocks.

That changed at Old Trafford, where he was one of his side's best contributors in a losing cause, holding the tail together with innings of 41 and 34.

Sloppy errors cruel Australian fielding effort

In both of those digs it was his positive intent at the crease that caught the eye, with the limited overs superstar unlocking his natural hitting power as he regained the confidence that makes him so dangerous.

However it was a set of circumstances put in train by Mitchell Marsh's superb spell of bowling on day one at The Oval that forced Buttler to really unleash.

"He's so dangerous, the game, like a one-day game, is telling him how to play," Healy told Wide World of Sports.

"Leach comes in, it's time to have a swing so off he goes so he got some clarity, like a one-day game.

"Where he's struggled is to decide for himself when to take that on and go like that. He hasn't been in good enough form but he's certainly sprung into form now."

Healy's point is that with only Leach and Stuart Broad left to hang around for England, Buttler has no other option but to stand and deliver or risk quickly being stranded.

And that's exactly what he did, piling into Josh Hazlewood in particular to make it to stumps at 64 not out off just 84 balls, with England on 8/271 and the match evenly poised.

When he returns on day two he'll have the opportunity to play a match shaping innings.

"If England can get another 50 they're well in the game, as it is they're in the game," Healy said.

"They're going to have to make, I think it's a game where you probably need 600 runs batting, so if they make less than 300, they're probably going to have to make that again, England," Healy said.

"And Australia better bank on getting the bulk of their 600 in the first innings, because you try and make 200 in the second innings at The Oval and it's very difficult at times."

Buttler drives England to competitive total

While a further 50 runs would please England if they can frustrate Australia for long enough to top 350 they'll feel confident of their ability to salvage a 2-2 series draw.

Which makes Australia's tactics with the ball crucial in the first hour of play. The most crucial factor could be the field they set to Buttler. Are they brave enough to attack or do they spread the field?

That's a tough call, according to Healy.

"Tactically, I don't know, I haven't really got a problem, he's just so dangerous I'd probably have some protection on the ropes and hope to bowl for a genuine mishit, a bloke like him has to genuinely mishit it or it's a six," Healy said.

"A normal mishit carries the ropes so I don't mind it, it's the modern way.

"We probably didn't bowl perfectly to him, the yorkers just missed their spot, shot balls sometimes weren't perfectly positioned and he got a hook away, so yeah, I don't mind the tactic but we can bowl that tactic better."

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