Say what you like about his first selection (and many reasonable judges believed his remember on the potency of his IPL form proved to be a rewarding leap of faith) but Buttler’s fourth half-century of summer, along with his second at the second innings in successive Tests, has raised England from their doldrums and pushed their lead closer into something defendable.
At Trent Bridge, his century was futile although defiant – this moment, his 59 out not is valuable and defiant. Once again is that guy Sam Curran, indomitable in the aftermath of Ben Stokes’ dismissal. The ball is still lurking, and the quicks of India are rested after a spell for R Ashwin. It would not be an England innings without a couple more spins and turns.