A DENBIGHSHIRE cricketer has been grateful for the backing he's received after starring in a big international T20 win.

Lancashire's Phil Salt was the star of the show with a magnificent match-winning knock in Lahore in England's thumping win over Pakistan in the sixth T20 international.

Salt, who was born in Bodelwyddan and began playing cricket in St Asaph, came into the must-win match with a total of 59 runs in his five innings on tour, but was in irresistible touch as he blitzed 88 not out from just 41 deliveries.

His destruction of the Pakistan attack included three sixes and 13 boundaries, with a flurry of powerful straight hits down the ground, as England cruised to their target of 170 with more than five overs to spare.

“I’m very grateful for the backing I’ve got from my team-mates and the management. It’s very clear the way they want me to play,” he said.

“The way I play is aggressive and I want to win as many games as possible while I’m in an England shirt.

"The first few games haven’t gone to plan – I’ve been finding ways to get out, hitting fielders or whatever – but it’s nice to come up in a big game with the series on the line with a performance like that.

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

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

Whether Salt retains his slot at the top of the order 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 travelling with the team throughout, but is on track to reclaim his spot at the top of the order by the time the competition comes around.

Salt scored 20 and took two catches as England wrapped up the series with a thumping 67-run win.