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Sport24.co.za | Nortje relishing Buttler battle in PE

Cape Town – Anrich Nortje says the Proteas seamers will have added motivation when bowling to Jos Buttler in the third Test in Port Elizabeth.

England wicketkeeper Buttler was disciplined by the International Cricket Council for an expletive-laden outburst at Vernon Philander during the tourists’ day five victory in Cape Town, earning one demerit point and losing 15 percent of his match fee.

Buttler has publicly apologised for over-stepping the mark but Nortje, who had consistently bowled beyond 90mph in the series, suggested the Proteas would ‘rev it up’ when he arrived at the crease.

“It definitely gets one or two guys going,” said Nortje, ahead of Thursday’s game.

“It’s not really something you can say on a stump mic. That’s for umpires and whoever to sort out but it does get the blood flowing, and once we identify a moment we will probably try and rev it up.”

England could well be fighting fire with fire at St George’s Park, with express pacemen Mark Wood and Jofra Archer both angling for selection.

The pair were both clocked at over 95mph in 2019 and Nortje welcomes any injection of speed on the international scene.

“It’s nice to see on the big screen where you are at, it’s nice to keep your eye out but it’s not a competition really,” he said.

“It gets the energy up and the blood flowing, it’s gets the boys going. It’s nice to have a few quicks in the series and the more there are, the better for cricket.”

– TeamTalk Media

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