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Jos Buttler to keep opening spot for England for final T20 in South Africa

• Captain Eoin Morgan says Buttler retains his confidence
• Morgan: ‘Jos is one of our greatest white-ball cricketers’

Jos Buttler will retain his place as opener for Sunday’s final T20 against South Africa in Johannesburg despite his struggles with the bat. The wicketkeeper made two in 14 balls on Friday, as England levelled the series at 1-1. He made 15 in Wednesday’s defeat and also found runs hard to come by in the Test series. But Eoin Morgan, the captain, said Buttler retained his confidence at the top of the order.

Morgan was asked if the Lancashire man would be moved down the order but said: “Not for Sunday, definitely not. Jos is one of our greatest white-ball cricketers, as a batsman, never mind with the gloves. We believe him, Jason [Roy] and Jonny [Bairstow] are our top three at the moment, moving forward.”

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