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Buttler out to push England past 500 mark

Jos Buttler wants England to keep striving to improve and push through the 500-run barrier in one-day internationals after their world record 4-498 against the Netherlands.

Buttler gave an extraordinary exhibition in boundary hitting on Friday, thumping 14 of England’s record 26 sixes, in his unbeaten 162 off just 70 balls as Eoin Morgan’s side set a new benchmark in ODI and List A cricket.

On a baking hot day in Amstelveen, there were ironic cheers of “boring, boring England” from a sizeable travelling contingent that made up the bulk of the crowd of around 6,000 supporters.

But after a 232-run win to go 1-0 up in the three-match series in Australian Matthew Mott’s first game since becoming white-ball head coach, Buttler says England will endeavour to continue pushing the envelope.

“We’ll keep trying but it’s a tough thing to try and achieve,” he said. “We’ll have to play on a belting wicket at a small ground but the biggest thing, irrelevant of the score, is the mentality we show as a team.

“We keep trying to better that and keep trying to be aggressive and brave when we play. The same message is for the team is we keep trying to push the boundaries, take the game forward and take the game on.”

Buttler was shuffled up the order to number four following a 222-run partnership between Phil Salt and Dawid Malan, both of whom made centuries.

He carried on the sparkling form that led to him being this year’s Indian Premier League MVP and top run-scorer, missing out on breaking his own record for the fastest century by an England batter by just one ball.

He reached three figures from 47 deliveries, but was not reflecting on what might have been.

“This is the most fun environment I’ve ever played in and it’s a great team to be a part of,” he said.

Salt reached three figures for the first time in internationals with a classy 122 from 93 balls, leaving his Lancashire teammate Buttler enthusing: “He looks just another one off the production line with white-ball batters in England.

“He’s struck the ball incredibly cleanly here, it puts the bowlers under a lot of pressure. He’s very fearless and in the Jason Roy mould at the top of the order. He’s got a great future.”

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