Buttler's praise for hat-trick ace Broad
JOS Buttler described England's 46-run win over a New Zealand XI as a "perfect" way to start their tour.
Buttler's maiden 50 for his country, captain Stuart Broad's late hat-trick and three wickets each for Chris Woakes and Jade Dernbach were the eye-catching individual contributions as England began their campaign with a comfortable success in their first Twenty20 warm-up fixture.
And it was Buttler, with a catch behind to account for Matt Henry, who ensured an appropriate minor moment of glory as Notts paceman Broad returned with some style in his first significant spell for his country since his recovery from a heel injury.
"It probably just sits behind his Test match hat-trick but I'm sure Stuart really enjoyed it," Buttler said with a smile.
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"It's great to have him back and bowling really well.
"A hat-trick is a great moment in any form of cricket."
Broad's Trent Bridge team-mates Michael Lumb (25) and Alex Hales (2) had earlier opened the batting as England reached 186-3, with Joss Buttler top scoring with 57.
A fourth Notts player in the line-up, Samit Patel, didn't bat and only bowled one over as the Kiwis managed just 140 in reply.
Broad's intervention – when the match was already as good as won – brought him the statistical highlight.
But it was Buttler (57no) who did most to carry England, in company with Eoin Morgan, up to 186-3 at the Cobham Oval – and then Chris Woakes eliminated both openers cheaply to put the hosts' unlikely chase in immediate trouble.
Buttler dominated an unbroken stand of 77 with Morgan but was adamant afterwards others deserved credit.
"I think as a blueprint for a batting plan, it was perfect. Wickets in hand at the end allow people to come in and score freely at the end," he said.
England's women – including Nottingham's Jenny Gunn – beat the West Indies by six wickets in their final World Cup group game in Mumbai to advance to the Super Six stage.
Anya Shrubsole took four wickets as the Windies were skittled out for 101, before Danielle Wyatt (40) led England to 103-4.