Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott believes that the English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is not doing enough to retain his place in the Test team.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has looked very poor with the bat and with his glovework in the Ashes 2021-22 series. So far he has batted in all 8 innings and has scored only 107 runs at an average of 15.28 with his highest score being 39.
In the first Ashes game he scored 39&23, in the second game he scored 0&26 in the third game he scored 3&5* and in the fourth game, he scored 0&11. As a wicketkeeper, Buttler has grabbed a few sensational catches but has dropped many easy ones.
Meanwhile, in his column for The Telegraph, Boycott stated that the England management can’t be “sentimental or be seduced” by the amazing performance of Buttler in One Day Internationals. Also, he noted that Buttler has scored just 2 centuries in 57 Tests.
“England can’t be sentimental or be seduced by his brilliant performances in one-day cricket. The fact is he isn’t doing enough to keep his Test place,” stated Geoffrey Boycott
Boycott further added that Buttler’s average of 19 in 14 Tests is also not good enough. He feels that wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow who smashed a century at the Sydney Cricket Ground is overall a better package than Buttler.
England Can’t Win Test Matches If They Keep Being Three Or Four Wickets Down For Next To Nothing – Geoffrey Boycott
Joe Root-led England lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games back-to-back. England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at the Adelaide Oval and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The 4th game at Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw and currently, England are trailing by 0-3 in the 5-match Test series.
Boycott also bashed England for their top-order collapse and said that they can’t win Test matches if the collapses continue to happen.
“England or any other country can’t win Test matches if they keep being three or four wickets down for next to nothing; they were 36-4 in the first innings, and all through the series, it’s been like that,” noted Boycott.
The fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes is scheduled to begin at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart from January 14.
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