Jos Butler (born Joseph Charles Buttler) is an English cricketer who has been a part of England's national Men's cricket team since 2011. He was born in Taunton, Somerset, England on 8 September, 1990. Butler is also the current vice-captain of the England cricket team for the limited overs format.
Butler is a right-handed batsman, a specialist wicket-keeper. He has represented England in all formats of the game at the international stage. Thanks to his talents to recognize and manipulate the field placements of opposing teams and react quickly to changes,
Butler has been able to score all around the ground. This has earned him the tag of being a "360-degree" cricketer, as in he can hit the ball in any direction within the available 360-degree of the ground.
Butler was the vice-captain of the victorious England squad that won the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Butler and his team wrote history by bringing the championship to England for the first time in their history of World Cup.
On the domestic level, Butler plays first class cricket for Lancashire. Butler also plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
Jos Butler - Along the Years
First Class Debut for Somerset
First Class Move to Lancashire
T20I Debut against India
ODI Debut against Pakistan
Test Debut against India
IPL Debut for Mumbai Indians
IPL Debut for Rajasthan Royals
Part of the victorious World Cup squad
*Jos Butler is yet to make substantial records*
Awards and Accolades
NBC Denis Compton Award – 2010 for Somerset.
2010 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year.
Butler played a lot of cricket for Somerset even before he made it to the senior team. Butler was an integral part of Somerset's youth teams, and represented the county in Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 level.
Butler also played for the King's College from which he had also graduated. In 2006 he finished the season with the school's leading batting average. He had scored 447 runs at an average of 49.66. The highlight of his school cricket career was when he scored 227 runs unbeaten and was involved in the 340 runs opening stand with Alex Barrow in April 2008. Butler also captained King's during the 2008 season.
Butler made his first-class debut for Somerset senior team in September 2009. He joined the team replacing an injured Justin Langer. His debut match itself was for the County Championship match against Lancashire. Although he scored just 30, he was able to retain his place in the team for the following Pro40 match against Hampshire and even made it to Somerset's squad for the 2009 Champions League T20.
After a fulfilling career at the Somerset, Butler decided to move to Lancashire at the end of September 2013. Recently, Butler announced that he had decided to extend his stay with Lancashire, and announced a new three-year contract with the club on 27 May 2016.
Butler made his IPL debut after he was bought by the Mumbai Indians and represented the Mumbai-based franchise during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In the 2018 IPL Auctions, Butler was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping ₹4.4 crore.
Scoring just 29 runs in his first seven innings Butler took half during the second half of the tournament scoring five consecutive 50+ scores in consecutive matches. He is also only the second batsman in IPL history to do so.
In 2012, Butler made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Dubai. What solidified his position in the England ODI squad was his innings at Edgbaston against South Africa cricket team. England were on 64/3 when Butler joined Somerset teammate Craig Kieswetter and displayed shear strength of his batting.
He even hit 30 runs from an over which went for 32 runs from Wayne Parnell. This innings established Butler as a key player in the English squad. Butler has been an integral part of England's ODI squad since then. He played a crucial role in England's victorious 2019 World Cup Campaign.
Butler got his maiden Test call up for the England squad during the ongoing series against India national cricket team in 2014. It was due to dropping of Matt Prior as a result of his poor form. On July 27, 2014, Butler made his Test debut against India. In the over 30 Test matches which Butler has played so far, he has been performing consistently with an average little bit over 35.
T20 International Career
Butler got his first international call-up when he was named in the senior England squad for the Twenty20 International against the touring Indian team in September 2011. Butler made his debut as a batsman and not as a wicket-keeper.
Following the match against India, Butler retained his place in the team and went on to play against the touring West Indies side later the same season. Butler has been a T20 specialist for England since the day he debuted.
One of the most controversial incidents of the Indian Premier League 2019 was the mankadding of Jos Butler by Ravichandran Ashwin during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. Jos Buttler was Mankaded by R Ashwin when he was batting at 69 during Royals' 185-run chase.
At the time when Butler was mankaded, the Royals were cruising with sure victory in sight at 108 for the loss of one wicket. But they eventually ended up on the losing side by 14 runs.
Butler's wicket who was in great form turned out to be the turning point of the game. This led to a division of opinions in the cricketing fraternity with half of it sympathizing with Butler and considered the act unethical and not in the spirit of the game.
At the same time several sided with Ashwin stating that he was completely within his rights and it is an unfair advantage to the runner if he winds up the run while the bowl is yet to be bowled.
Jos Buttler however was adamant that he was in his crease at the time Ashwin was expected to release the ball. He didn't shy from portraying his disappointment. At an interview, Butler said-
"If you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he was expected to release the ball I was in my crease.At the time I was really disappointed with it. I didn't like the style of it. I just thought it was a bad precedent at the start of the tournament. For the tournament itself. It was a really disappointing way to start the tournament. So, I didn't like what happened and I didn't agree with it, but what can you do? After a day or so I was pretty relaxed about it and I'll make sure it never happens again. It won't happen again.What was more disappointing is that suddenly, over the next two games, I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting. It is so rare that you're not normally thinking about it. I must be the only person to get out twice in that way. It distracted me for the next couple of games which is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker's end."
This was not the first time that Jos Buttler found himself Mankaded. He had previously been Mankaded in an ODI vs Sri Lanka in 2014. On that occasion, the bowler was Sachithra Senanayake. The then captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Angelo Mathews, refused to withdraw the appeal and Butler was adjudged out for 21 runs.
Jos Butler was born in a middle-class Christian family. His father's name is John Butler and his mother's name is Patricia Butler. His father worked as a physical education teacher. Jos Butler grew up with his two siblings, a brother and a sister. His brother's name is Jimmie Gosser, and his sister's name is Joanne Vickers.
Buttler married Louise Webber in 2017. His England team mates Steven Finn and Alex Hales attended the wedding as ushers. The couple gave birth to a beautiful daughter in April 2019 and named her Georgia Rose.