Swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler refused to blame England’s ongoing rotation policy but admitted that participating in the upcoming Test series against India on home soil and the Ashes Down Under remains his priority.
England’s rotation policy has come under severe criticism in the preceding months as the ECB continues to rest key players for the Test matches while unleashing a full-strength squad for the white-ball internationals.
Jos Buttler, for example, was rested after two Tests in Sri Lanka and the series opener in India. He returned for the T20I and ODI series against India before featuring in the IPL.
Even though the IPL was postponed midway due to multiple Covid cases, the ECB rested the likes of Buttler and Chris Woakes for the Test series against New Zealand, which England went on to lose 0-1.
“In terms of how much cricket we play, we play a hell of a lot. It is a short career and you want to be available and play as much as you can but I don’t think that is possible,” Jos Buttler said as quoted by ‘The Cricketer’
“Covid has complicated that even more with quarantines and bubble environments. We’re playing a lot of cricket,” he added.
“I know there has been some criticism from the outside but we’re in a situation where you’ve got to look after people and you have to applaud the guys for trying to be forward-thinking and trying to look after people. Is it perfect? No I don’t think so but I’d prefer we look after our guys.” he said.
‘I don’t think there is any preference for any formats at the moment’- Jos Buttler
England have a packed international season till March 2022, which included white ball rubbers against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, 5-match series against India, T20 World Cup, the Ashes Down Under and the West Indies tour between January-March 2022.
And for Buttler, who has now missed each of England’s last 5 Test matches, featuring in the upcoming 10 Tests against India and Australia remains a top priority.
“That’s the dream, isn’t it? I’ll be available and fingers crossed. I want to play as much as I can.” Jos Buttler said.
“You have to find a balance,” added Buttler. “We all like to plan, we’d like to be able to and if you’re just sucking and seeing going into the biggest year of international cricket that’s a lack of planning. There has to be an element of flexibility but it is also important to plan as well,” he added.
“I don’t think there is any preference for any formats at the moment. You’re just trying to work it out with how your years look. The guys who play the IPL that is another load of cricket as well.” he said.