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Ben Stokes can play many roles, he influences the game in all three facets: Jos Buttler | Cricket News

SYDNEY: England skipper Jos Buttler is delighted Ben Stokes has found its form as the World Cup T20 nears the business end and says that the all-rounder can play many supporting roles thanks to his talent.
After a disappointing tournament so far, Stokes kept his nerves under control with a mid-order collapse to lead England to the semi-finals with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka here on Saturday.
After a solid start by Buttler and Alex Hales, English batters lost the lot with half the side back in the dugout, largely due to mysterious spinner Wanindu Hasaranga before Stokes took the former champions over the line.
“Situations like this are what he’s made for and I’m really happy for him. While he’s in the fold, it gives you a sense of calm,” Butller said during the post-match presentation.
“He can play many roles. He influences the game in all three facets. He is a real competitor. When you get to this competitive stage, you just see him grow and grow.”
Sri Lanka was heading for a flyer on the back of Pathum Nissanka’s blistering fifty, before England bowlers roared back to limit the Asia Cup champions under 150.
“They started really well and we had a feeling the wicket would play out that way because it was a used wicket. But the way Adil Rashid got us back was amazing.
“A lot of people look at the end product with him. He doesn’t have the wickets, but he bowled well.”
Young Sam Curran was sensational at England’s death throughout the tournament and the skipper was full of praise for pacer and opener Hales.
“Sam continues to grow and grow, he is an important member of this team and he enjoys being in these difficult moments. I think Alex (Hales) has really taken the game out of Sri Lanka in that one.”
England, who finished second in Group 1, will play their semi-final in Adelaide against winners of the second group.
“Excited to go there, we just had to find a way to win today. Now it’s time to go there and think about the semi-finals,” Buttler added.
Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka felt his side’s chances of winning the title had been derailed by multiple injuries to key players.
“I think we played good cricket in patches, but we had a few injuries that cost us the tournament. If not, we could have done better.
However, the skipper said there are a few areas that need improvement.
“When we go home, we have to polish up the areas where we didn’t do well. (Wanindu) Hasaranga and (Maheesh) Theekshana bowled well all the time, but the other bowlers had a hard time, today they bowled well, But that’s an area we need to improve.”
“Catching was a problem in this tournament, we have to go back and improve,” he added.
Leg spinner Adil Rashid was named Player of the Match for his brilliant 1/16, including the all-important wicket from Pathun Nissanka, who went hammer and tonk to England’s bowlers.
“I think all the bowlers have bowled well, Stokes, Wood, everyone. We have some help (spin and seam) from this wicket, you don’t get that help on Australian wickets.
“I felt pretty good, even before the tournament I felt good. I did my job, was focused on it, rest is history. The field can turn, seams, you have to judge the conditions accordingly,” he added.



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