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England star Jos Buttler writes ‘vulgar message’ on his bat during 2nd Test against Pakistan


Jos Buttler plays a shot during play on the second day of the second Test cricket match against Pakistan. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY

Jos Buttler’s amazing 66 helped England to beat Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs in the second Test at Headingley in Leeds. However, besides Buttler’s blistering knock, what caught attention was his bat which became a talking point among the fans. Buttler wrote some ‘vulgar words’ on his bat’s handle during the second Test against Pakistan. Camera’s picked up the message after Buttler took a drink on his way to unbeaten 80 runs against Pakistan.

He’s had the note on his bat since at least 2015 and previously revealed it was a message to fire himself up.

He told the Telegraph in 2015: “I was constantly searching for something and you kid yourself that someone out there has got that secret to batting that they can give you one piece of advice that will enable you to go and score a hundred every time.”

Talking about the match, England won their first Test match since September where they beat the West Indies at Lord’s. With this win, England levelled the two-match series 1-1. In-form batter Jos Butter fell just 5 runs short for equaling his Test-best 85, on the Test debut at the Southampton in 2014 against India. Buttler’s innings includes 11 fours and 2 sixes.