England’s limited-overs coach Matthew Mott said Jos Buttler is eager to return from injury for England’s seven-match series in Pakistan, but the team will not take any risks with the batsman so close to the Twenty20 World Cup.
Buttler, who took over as England captain after Eoin Morgan’s retirement, is now out with a calf injury while playing in The Hundred.
The 32-year-old was part of England’s tour of Pakistan after 17 years, but he has not played in any of the four T20 Internationals so far and is unlikely to play in the remaining three matches with the T20 World Cup next month.
The T20 World Cup will be played from October 16 to November 13 and Australia is hosting T20 World Cup for the first time in T20 history.
“With regard to Jos (Buttler), he’s still a while off, he’s not a player we want to take a risk on at this stage, so close to the World Cup, and it was a reasonably significant injury that he had,” Mott told reporters.
“So, he’s champing at the bit for a game, but we’ll just try and see how we go and maybe in the last game or two we might give him a chance.”
In Jos Buttler’s absence, Moeen Ali is leading the team, with the series tied 2-2 heading into the final stretch in Lahore.
England will be looking for their second T20 World Cup trophy and their first under Jos Buttler’s leadership in Australia. They will begin their campaign against Afghanistan on October 22nd in Perth.