23 March 2017
Jos Buttler Returns to King's
One of our best known old boys, Jos Buttler, spent Monday morning here at the school. As well as being photographed by Pro-Direct Sport to promote sponsors Kookaburra, Jos also took part in an interview with Sky TV.
During his time at King’s (2004-2009), the 26–year-old England Test Match cricketer, who began his first-class career with Somerset before moving to Lancashire, linked up with former Somerset player Dennis Breakwell, who played a large part in the early development of his career throughout his at the school.
Despite the rain, the England player then went outside to face the elements and cut the first turf for the new Indoor Cricket School, which is to be built later this year.
Moving inside into the dry, Jos delivered a batting masterclass to the 45 young cricketers currently at both King’s Hall and King’s College who play in county age group teams. He then took part in a question and answer session chaired by Phil Lewis, Director of Cricket at King’s College.
At the end of what was an exhausting morning schedule, the England player said: “I have really enjoyed being back here at King’s – I haven't been for a while.
“I’ve got so many happy memories from my time here and just walking along the corridors and doing all the things that I have this morning, meeting up with Dennis and being with the players in the team now, have brought it all back."
“Talking to Phil Lewis it’s great to hear how the school has moved on and he tells me that there are now 45 county age group cricketers at the school, which is amazing. When I was at King’s we were really strong but we didn't have that many so it’s great to see how it is all moving forward."
“It’s great to be able to come back and be able to try to give something back and inspire the pupils to have a bit of fun and play some cricket.”
Jos added: “To be able to dig the first turf for the new Indoor School is further proof of how Kings’ is moving forward. To have a designated cricket centre that can be used all the year round just shows the commitment that King’s is giving to cricket and that it wants to be a centre of cricketing excellence."
“Coming to King’s played a large part in my development and not just in cricket but all round, and in all sports and education.”
“The cricket was fantastic – Dennis Breakwell, Andy Jones and Phil Lewis, and before that Pete Dossett as well, were really influential on me. The facilities here were second to none and the opportunities it gave me to have nets at lunch time, and before and after school, and to have a great time all helped me to get to where I am so far.”