England head coach Chris Silverwood has come to the rescue of in-form wicketkeeper batsman Jose Butler. Silverwood said that he will get full chance to succeed in the remaining matches of the series. Butler has failed to score a half-century in the last 12 innings. He scored 35 and 9 in the Southampton Test. The second Test of the series will be played in Manchester from 16 July.
29-year-old Butler, in the first Test against the West Indies, leaked a catch by Jermaine Blackwood. Blackwood played an important role in winning the West Indies by four wickets by playing an innings of 95 runs. After the match, former England fast bowler Daren Gow said that if Butler could not perform well in the remaining two matches against the West Indies, then his place in the team is in danger.
Silverwood told Cricket Australia, ‘I don’t want to put more pressure on Jose by criticizing him, because I don’t think it will help him. In such a situation, we want to give them the best chance to succeed, ” he said, ” Jose was performing brilliantly during practice before the match. He was looking in rhythm even in the first innings. He needs to spend time at the crease and make a big score, which he also knows.
The 45-year-old Silverwood said that Butler needed to be convinced that he could do well in the next Test. He said, ‘From our point of view, we are trying to ensure that he is full of confidence. We will give them the best chance to succeed. The rest depends on how the day is for him, if he makes a few runs, then other things will have no meaning.
When asked about the opportunity given to the team’s second wicketkeeper Ben Fox, he said, ‘You are right, we have a very good wicket keeper, we are lucky.’ When asked about the team’s top-order batsman Joe Denly, who struggled against the West Indies, he said, “We want to see Denali doing well.” We have seen that he is working very hard. He is a great player, but still under pressure.
Denly scored 18 and 29 in the first Test and is expected to be out of the squad after the return of regular captain Joe Root.