With England’s limited-match streak in India (five Twenty20s and three one-day internationals) ending on March 28 and the Indian Premier League beginning less than fifteen days later and continuing through the end of May, Jos Buttler home, who ruled him out of the last three games of the recent Test series, could be his last for a while.
There has been some controversy about England resting the Tryouts players to keep them fresh for the IPL, a national competition in another country. But Buttler has insisted that “at the moment, in my opinion, it is impossible to play all games in all formats.”
Buttler could end up missing a few more tests if the Rajasthan Royals, who also signed Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, have a strong campaign, with the IPL final to be played three days before England’s first game of the summer against New Zealand at Lord’s. . Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, has confirmed that “as is at the moment” players will remain in India as long as their teams require their services.
The upshot is that Buttler, and the 11 other English players involved in both this white ball series and the IPL, could reach the Twenty20 World Cup in October after having played as many as 22 matches out of 20 in the eastern country. calendar year. , experience that is probably more useful than another home test.
“We all know the benefits of IPL,” Buttler said. “It is very beneficial, not only for the individual, but also for us as an England cricket team. Especially with this IPL that is played in India, where the World T20 will be played. It is a great tournament. The monetary rewards are obvious and the experience you get. So there are so many advantages.
“It has been obvious from the uptick in results in the white ball game in England, and the number of players who have been participating in it, how beneficial it is for all of us. I would say that the IPL has had an outstanding effect on English cricket so far and on the people involved in it. Obviously financially, but also the cricket that is produced and the players that we are producing now. “
Particularly useful for England’s preparations for the World Cup is the fact that all five matches of this T20 series, which starts on Friday, will be played in Ahmedabad, the scene of England’s poor performances in the last two rounds, but also the likely location of the World Cup final. .
“It is a great benefit to be able to play in Ahmedabad, a new stadium that will probably play a big role in the World Cup,” Buttler said. “No one has played here before so it is a huge advantage for us to learn about this particular stadium and the conditions. As a white ball team, the conditions we generally struggle against are when the pitches get slower and the ball takes more spin, and we have a different game plan for that. And it is a great exposure for us to play against the best teams in the tournament in World Cup conditions ”.
Having played six events this calendar year, England have seven more, as well as 13 T20s and nine ODIs scheduled before the World Cup, and an Ashes series to follow. “There’s been a lot of talk about how we can better take care of the players in what is an incredibly full schedule right now,” Buttler said. “I feel good about the rest. I’ve spent a lot of time in the bubble in the last year. I think it has been important to be able to get in and out of the bubbles, to take care of people.
“We need to get to Ashes with players in the best shape to perform in that series instead of being exhausted and no longer wanting to be in that environment. But hopefully we are nearing the end of the pandemic and the life of the bubble as we know it. Hopefully when we get to the end of the year we will be in a different place for everyone in the world ”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism