Buttler says ‘Managing risk is a big part of T20 batting’

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England’s hard hitting batsman Jos Buttler, who spent England’s recent tour to Pakistan throwing balls and carrying drinks, believes “managing risk is a big part of T20I batting.”
“I’ve had confidence in my game for a while now,” Buttler told ESPNcricinfo. “I feel like I have good experience and a good understanding of the T20 game.” Earlier this year he produced one of the greatest-ever IPL seasons, scoring 863 runs including a record-equalling four centuries, and his career record now compares favourably with the format’s all-time greats.
“It’s changed because of where I’ve batted,” he says. “When you’re opening the batting, you don’t need to take as big risks to get the same reward. Obviously in the powerplay, there’s only two fielders outside the 30-yard circle so the bowlers’ hands are tied in that sense and if you beat the infield, there’s nobody on the boundary to stop it.
“You don’t have to take such big risks in the powerplay to be able to score at a certain rate. It’s one really good thing for my game that I’ve spent a long time in the middle order and now a reasonable chunk at the top of the order as well: I feel like I can try and marry the two areas of the game up and try and bat for a long time in a T20 game.”