Buttler's big call on Pakistan pace quartet ahead of T20 World Cup Final
Buttler will go head-to-head against Pakistan's bevy of quality pacers in Sunday's T20 World Cup final at the MCG and his battle at the top of England's batting order will go a long way to deciding who claims the coveted trophy.
Left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi already has 10 wickets at the tournament and is renowned as one of the best quicks in T20I cricket, while Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim have been among the better performed seamers at this year's tournament.
Pakistan have been well renowned for producing quality fast bowlers over a long period of time, with the likes of Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan among the best quicks to have ever played.
But Buttler rates the current batch so high that he believes many will finish their careers among the best fast bowlers from Pakistan.
"They are an excellent team and have a long history of producing quality fast bowlers, and the team we are up (on Sunday) against is no different," Buttler said at the MCG on Saturday.
"I am sure some of the guys we will go up against will go down at the end of their careers as some of the best bowlers Pakistan have ever produced and that’s a huge part of why they have got to a World Cup final."
Buttler said he used to dream about getting the chance to hold the World Cup trophy aloft when he was growing up in England and the dynamic opener gets the opportunity to make that dream a reality in his first ICC tournament as captain.
The right-hander only took over from former skipper Eoin Morgan earlier this year and could become the second England men's player to captain a T20 World Cup side to glory after Paul Collingwood achieved the feat in the West Indies in 2010.
"You certainly have a few dreams about that kind of thing and it really links back to your time as a kid and the kind of stuff you would be doing in the back garden with your brother and sister and pretending to lift the trophy and that kind of thing,” Buttler recalled.
"Now to be able to have that opportunity to have a chance to live that kind of thing out is incredibly special."
Buttler said England's recent series victory in Pakistan will have little bearing on Sunday's result, given conditions expected in Melbourne will be vastly different to what they experienced on the sub-continent during the seven T20Is against Babar Azam's side.
"We have played against them a lot recently but that was in very different conditions,” Buttler noted.
"Even though we have played each other in quite a few games, here in Melbourne is going to be a bit different to the series in Pakistan.
"We know we are up against an excellent team and that is what you expect in a World Cup final.
"We will focus on them a bit and on us a lot to ensure we turn up tomorrow and give the best account of ourselves."
Buttler is hopeful of regaining key fast bowler Mark Wood (hip) and top-order batter Dawid Malan (groin) from injury for the MCG contest after the pair missed England's emphatic 10-wicket triumph over India in Adelaide on Thursday.
The England skipper said the duo will be given right up until the toss on Sunday to prove they have recovered from their ailments.
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