Wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler believes that fast bowler, Jofra Archer, and superstar all-rounder, Ben Stokes will be the X-factor for the England team in the forthcoming 4-match Test series against India. The Test series commences on 5th February – the first two Tests will be played at the Chepauk in Chennai while the next half of the series is slated to be held in the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, on Saturday, were released from the mandatory 6-day quarantine period. Since they were not part of the England contingent which toured Sri Lanka before arriving in India, Stokes and Archer, along with Rory Burns landed in India a couple of days earlier than the rest of their English teammates, who all are currently still in isolation.
Jos Buttler says that apart from having two legendary seamers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad – in their side, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are two threatening players the opposition should be wary of.
“Jofra is certainly an X-factor player. Fantastic to have Jofra back in the side. He will be excited for a big series in India. We have a few guys who can do amazing things with the ball – Anderson and Broad are two of the best seam bowlers to ever play the game and Ben Stokes is a pretty good X-factor player as well,” Jos Buttler during a virtual press conference.
Jos Buttler Defend ECB’s player rotation policy’
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have received some flak for resting Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood from the squad for the first two Tests against India in Chennai. These three cricketers played in the whitewash over Sri Lanka while Stokes, Archer, and Burns were rested.
Jos Buttler, who is also reported to leave after the first Test match, says that the players are being rotated because of a busy calendar year ahead.
The 30-year-old opines that the board has to consider the future in mind as well – even if it means that they could not put their best eleven forward at any time. The Three Lions are expected to play 17 Tests in a 12-month period in addition to several white-ball matches leading up to the T20 World Cup.
“ECB has been forward-thinking to rotate the players in and out of this series, at times there is frustration because you want to see the best players on show all the time, but it is just not possible looking at the time spent in the bubble. Looking at the short-term goals is important, there is no certainty if you look too far ahead,” the wicket-keeper added.