Phil Salt is grateful for England’s support after starring in the big win against Pakistan

Phil Salt was happy to repay England’s confidence after ending a meager Twenty20 series against Pakistan in Lahore.

Salt came into the must-win match with a total of 59 runs in his five innings on tour but was irresistible when he failed to blitz out 87 from just 41 deliveries.

His destruction of the Pakistan attack included three sixes and 13 boundaries, with a barrage of powerful straight shots to the floor as England cruised to their goal of 170 with more than five overs.

An eight-wicket win means an entertaining streak will go to end, with teams tied 3-3 and heading into Sunday’s final on the same ground.

This match will give Salt another opportunity to express himself against the new ball, following directions that have never wavered despite his string of low scores.

“I’m very grateful for the support I’m getting from my teammates and management. It’s very clear how they want me to play,” he said.

“I play aggressively and I want to win as many games as possible while wearing an England shirt. The first few games didn’t go according to plan – I found ways to get out, hit fielders or whatever – but it’s nice to be on the line with such a performance in a big game with the series.

“It’s always a challenge at the top of the order when you feel like you’re playing well but picking outfielders and finding ways to get out.

“It was definitely (my best T20 inning) and it was nice to do it with the series in balance.”

Whether Salt will retain its place at the top of the rankings for next month’s World Cup remains to be seen.

White-ball captain Jos Buttler has missed the entire series with a calf injury despite traveling with the team throughout, but is on track to reclaim his place at the top of the order when the competition comes.

That means one of Salt or Alex Hales will have to make way, but that’s not a situation affecting the 26-year-old.

“You need competition, the best teams in the world have competition and you can’t escape that, it’s like that in any sport,” he said.

“Everyone tries to show their best side and show the coaching staff and teammates how good they are.

“I’m not looking too far into the future, I’m just concentrating on the next game in a few days.” Phil Salt is grateful for England’s support after starring in the big win against Pakistan

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