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In a recent interview to Mail, the wicketkeeper-batsman revealed an instance when Shane Warne made him feel good by praising him. Warne had apparently told Buttler that he was good enough and apparently Buttler felt 10 feet tall. He revealed all this and more in a chat with Stuart Broad. Also Read - Ashes 2021-22: Nasser Hussain Echoes Stuart Broad's Suggestion, Reckons That's England's Best Chance vs Australia in Hobart
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Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Confidence is the golden egg. At the IPL, Shane Warne at Rajasthan Royals was someone I loved getting to know. He was talking to me about Test cricket and saying, ‘You’re good enough to play it, that should still be your ultimate aim’. So the seed was planted.
Then for [national selector] Ed Smith to phone me and say, ‘I think you’re good enough to play Test cricket for England and I’m not fussed you haven’t played much red-ball cricket recently’, that gave me a huge amount of confidence.
It’s interesting your definition is a ‘firm belief’. I’d say the biggest difference is knowing you can do something. You can sit here and say, ‘I believe I can get a hundred tomorrow’. But it’s a different statement to say, ‘I know I can get a hundred tomorrow’. That’s something I try to think about.
Yeah, massively. Whoever you are, it’s good when people massage your ego a little! But it depends who, so for someone like Shane Warne to have that opinion… It’s a skill of his to make everyone feel 10-foot tall. I took a lot of that in. And the same for Ed Smith.