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Last Update on: November 13th, 2018 at 01:47 pm

England wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler has admitted that he is ready to bat at no. 3 in the second Test against Sri Lanka, saying that team’s willingness to embrace a flexible batting order is a sign of strength rather than weakness.

Meanwhile, England’s top order has struggled since former captain Andrew Strauss retired in 2012. The latest incumbent has played six innings there at an average of just 14.50. It also includes a first-ball duck in the first innings and three runs overall in the Galle test.

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England team head coach Trevor Bayliss has suggested Ali could move down the order for the second test in Pallekele. He hinted at Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes as the possible replacement. However, speaking on the possibility, Buttler stated to BBC that he is ready to bat anywhere.

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I will bat wherever is required,” Buttler told. “You need a good balance of being settled but it shows a good team environment and ethics that people are willing to play wherever is required,” he added.

Moreover, Buttler, who failed to put on big scores in the first Test is keen to retain his spot by putting runs on the board.

 “If Jonny was fit, I wouldn’t be the wicketkeeper anyway, so Ben Foakes keeping didn’t really bother me,” he added.

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“In your pride as a wicketkeeper, you want to be good enough to be selected – but I didn’t keep as well in the one-day series as I would’ve liked to and it’s quite healthy to see someone like Ben come in,” Jos Buttler concluded.

The second Test between Sri Lanka and England commences on November 14 (Wednesday) at Pallekale.

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