Captaincy pressure not affecting my batting: Butt

August 4th, 2010 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Nottingham, Aug 4 (ANI): Pakistan captain Salman Butt has said that English conditions are not easy for batsmen and they would take some time for adjustment, and added that it is wrong to say that captaincy pressure is affecting his batting.

Butt has made 424 runs in his last five Test matches with the help of a hundred and three half-centuries.

Butt said that he was taking his batting as normally as any other captain, The News reports.

“I don’t think captaincy has got anything to do with my batting form. I am feeling as normal as I was during the Australia series in which I was the top scorer,” he said.

Butt pointed out that not even England captain Andrew Strauss or anyone from their top-order had succeeded to score runs.

“If anyone claims that I have been unable to take the pressure of captaincy, they should see how many runs the opposing captain or their top-order has scored at Trent Bridge.” Butt, however, hoped to get back to his best in the coming matches.

He gave credit to England’s lower and middle-order and blamed Pakistan’s inability to extract good spin from the wicket for the defeat at Trent Bridge.

“Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood in the first innings and Matt Prior in the second turned the tables on us. On other hand, Danish Kaneria failed to contribute when the pace bowlers got tired,” he said.

Butt denied saying anything against Yousuf’s inclusion in the team. “I have never spoken against him. I respect him as a senior batsman. What I said was that it was up to the board to decide whom to call. I have nothing to do with selection matters,” he added. (ANI)

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