England v Australia ODI Series: Jos Buttler welcomes England's morale-boosting win
Jos Buttler welcomed England's morale-boosting win over a Prime Minister's XI that ended their two-month winless streak.
Last Updated: 14/01/14 6:34pm
England were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes series Down Under and their one-day series got off to a bad start over the weekend following a six-wicket loss in Melbourne.
Buttler knows Australian pitches well due to his participation in the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades and he is taking the positives into their second limited-overs clash with Australia on Friday.
"It's great to get a win," Buttler said. "It's going to be a morale-boost for everyone, no matter who it is against.
"There were a lot of positives that came out of today. We got up to a challenging total and put them under pressure straight away with the ball. We had a lot of energy and we really tried to target early wickets and we got those.
"Everyone is pleased to get a win and hopefully we can take that momentum forward to Brisbane."
Near full-strength XI
England's team selection reflected an intent to end their losing run after naming a near full-strength line-up, with Michael Carberry and James Tredwell the two changes from Sunday's loss.
Carberry pressed his claims for a place in Brisbane with a fluent 47 from 50 balls - while skipper Alastair Cook and Joe Root both failed with the bat again.
Buttler (61) was particularly impressive, given a rare chance to build an innings in England colours, and intelligently used the wide expanses of a slow Manuka Oval outfield to keep the score ticking.
Regularly a big hitter, he found the ropes just four times in a run-a-ball half-century. Given England's problems at the top of the order, it was the type of batting display to suggest he could be elevated and also provide the firepower that has been missing in the two 50-over matches so far.
Buttler does not believe that is on the agenda of coach Ashley Giles or Cook just now, though, adding: "That's down to the management and the captain as to what they see is best.
"I'll bat anywhere. Number seven is where I've been playing in one-day cricket since I've been playing in this side and I don't see that changing.
"That's what everyone wants to do - bat as long as they can. I'll bat wherever. I'm not fussed."