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MS Dhoni Pretty Good, But Jos Buttler the Best Right Now in White-ball Cricket: Tim Paine

IANS |June 26, 2018, 12:32 PM IST
MS Dhoni Pretty Good, But Jos Buttler the Best Right Now in White-ball Cricket: Tim Paine

Manchester: Australia skipper Tim Paine has rated England's Jos Buttler as the "best white-ball wicketkeeper-batsman in the world" and even went on to hail the Englishman as better than India's World Cup winning former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Buttler is in the form of his life having single-handedly rescued England from a precarious position with a valiant century, to help the hosts complete their first 5-0 whitewash of Australia here on Sunday.

Asked to rate Buttler, Paine, who himself is a stumper said: "He's good, he's very good. Right now, he'd have to be the best white-ball wicket-keeper batsman in the world.

"I don't think there's too many guys to challenge him. MS Dhoni is pretty good, but at this moment, Jos is at the absolute peak of his powers.

"He understands his one-day game so well and knows his strengths inside out and just doesn't go away from him," Paine added.

Buttler scored 275 runs in the just-concluded series with three unbeaten knocks that included scores of 91, 54 and 110.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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