England wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler said that he will miss watching South African wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock, play in Tests after the latter decided to retire from the longest format at the age of 29.
De Kock played his final Test against India at the Centurion and will now focus on the white-ball formats and his family. Speaking about his retirement, Buttler commended de Kock for being able to make a decision that feels right for him.
“That’s Quinton’s own personal situation, but as a fan of cricket and a huge fan of his, I’m disappointed that he’s at that stage. I love watching him bat, keep wickets and play Test cricket. The world of cricket will miss him in that format. But I guess I commend him for making a decision that’s right for him,” Buttler was quoted as saying.
Despite Ashes failure, Jos Buttler intends to continue playing Tests
After de Kock’s shocking retirement, fans began thinking if it was the end of the road for Buttler, especially after the Ashes debacle. However, the 31-year-old insisted that his ambition is alive and persisting and wants to continue in all three formats.
“It’s certainly my ambition. I don’t think I’d have put as much into it as I have done if it wasn’t. I have fantastic family support – they’re very supportive of me and my career and make a lot of sacrifices for that. That’s one thing that gives you a lot of motivation and drive to try to make it all worth it.”
“It’s certainly maintained my drive and ambition to try and play. At the moment, I feel I’ve got that support, and I’m in a place where I want to try to make it work. All I’m focusing on at the moment is turning up in Sydney and practicing well,” Buttler added.
Australia leads 3-0 in the Ashes with two more matches left to go. A whitewash is on the cards considering how poorly England has played so far in the series.