Buttler thrilled to win award

14 September 2018 07:15:27 EST

Jos Buttler admits this summer could not have gone any better after winning England's Most Valuable Player award.

Buttler, who was recalled to the Test team by Ed Smith at the start of the 2018 international season, took the multi-format honours following a stunning sequence of scores with the bat.

As one of only two ever-presents for the national team in that period - fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow being the other - the 28-year-old finished as England's leading run-scorer in Tests while he also topped the averages in the one-day whitewash of Australia.

In all, he contributed 510 runs across seven Test matches as Joe Root's team won five of them versus Pakistan and India.

Between Saturday's Twenty20 finals day, where he appears for Lancashire, and heading off for the tour of Sri Lanka on 30th September, England's vice-captain is looking forward to re-charging the batteries.

"I'll have a bit of time away from the game and that's a nice time to reflect on how the summer has gone, it couldn't have gone any better for me," said Buttler.

"I have managed to fulfil some dreams and I don't really play the game for personal things, I want to play for the team and win games of cricket for the team. But, to do that, you have to play well individually and it's been really pleasing and a nice summer to look back on."

Fast bowler James Anderson took the Professional Cricketers' Association run MVP for England Test player in 2018.

Lancashire are 5/2 to win the Vitality Blast this weekend.

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