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Buttler follows 'mind-blowing' De Villiers DUBAI: Swashbuckling England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler Saturday admitted he follows South African master blaster AB de Villiers in batting, which led him to smash the fastest one-day hundred for his country.Buttler, 25, smashed 52-ball 116 not out in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday, completing his hundred off just 46 balls.It was the joint seventh fastest one-day hundred in all one-day cricket.De Villiers holds the record for the fastest one-day hundred off 31 balls he smashed against the West Indies at Johannesburg in January this year.Buttler said the invention of Twenty20 and De Villiers are reasons for his big hitting."As everyone always says, the invention of Twenty20, and someone like De Villiers is someone who's changed the game completely, and everyone else is wanting to follow his lead," said Buttler.His knock included eight sixes and ten boundaries and helped his team to 355-5. Pakistan were ...

Hafeez refuses to play in Amir's team DUBAI: Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez on Saturday became the first cricketer to refuse to play alongside Mohammad Amir. The tainted but cleared paceman will feature for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh premier league starting from Wednesday -- a team Hafeez said also asked him to join."I was approached by my agent to play for the Chittagong team but when I knew that Amir was also in that team so I refused it point blank," ...
A ray of hope for Indo-Pak series The most awaited bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan which has run into trouble even before talks could be finalized might soon get finalized. The Chairman PCB and BCCI Shaharyar Khan and Shashank Manohar have been scheduled to meet in Dubai tomorrow evening. According to media reports, Khan told reporters in Dubai today that he was trying to save the series with India.Pakistan and India are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-day and ...
Imad Wasim ruled out of England T20 Fast-rising spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim has been ruled out of the squad for the three T20Is against England after not recovering sufficiently from his fracture injury. According to local media report, the PCB said Wasim will need more time and will be replaced by another spinning all-rounder, Bilal Asif, who is already with the team in the United Arab Emirates for the ongoing one-day series.“After inspection he was initially advised complete rest for three weeks ...
Fastest centuries in one-day internationals DUBAI: Fastest centuries in one-day internationals after England's Jos Buttler made a hundred off 46 balls against Pakistan on Friday (player, final score, number of balls for century, match, venue, date):AB de Villiers 149 31 South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg Jan 18, 2015Corey Anderson 131no 36 New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown Jan 01, 2014Shahid Afridi 102 37 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi Oct 04, 1996Mark Boucher 147no 44 South Africa v Zimbabwe Potchefstroom ...
England beat Pakistan in fourth one-dayer, win series DUBAI: England beat Pakistan by 84 runs in the fourth and final day-night international in Dubai on Friday to take the four-match series 3-1.Jos Buttler hit a 52-ball 116 not out -- with his century coming off just 46 balls -- while opener Jason Roy scored 102 for his maiden hundred to help England to 355-5 before Pakistan were bowled out for 271 in 40.4 overs.Shoaib Malik top-scored with 52 while Babar Azam made 51.Copyright ...
Buttler's fastest ton steers England to series win DUBAI: Jos Buttler hit the fastest one-day hundred by an Englishman to guide England to an 84-run win over Pakistan in the fourth and final day-night international in Dubai on Friday for a 3-1 series triumph.Buttler's 52-ball 116 not out -- his hundred coming off just 46 deliveries -- coupled with a maiden century by opener Jason Roy lifted England to an imposing 355-5 before Pakistan were bowled out for 271 in 40.4 overs.The win ...


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