T20 World Cup: Jos Buttler recovering well prior to the World Cup
Buttler last played in August. (PC- Twitter)
England's white-ball skipper Jos Buttler feels that he is progressing well from the calf injury but will not rush his return to the side ahead of the T20 World Cup, which begins in just over two weeks.
Buttler has been out for five weeks with a calf injury sustained during The Hundred in August but still decided to travel for his side's trip to Karachi and Lahore to continue his rehabilitation and bed into his relatively new partnership with head coach Matthew Mott ahead of next month's T20 World Cup. He has been watching all the action unfold in the seven-match series from the sidelines.
Speaking to Sky Sports between innings during England's last over defeat to Pakistan in the fifth T20I of the seven-match series, Buttler said he is eager to get back on the park, with his team lagging behind in the series at 2-3 after five entertaining encounters, but he will not be considered for the sixth match and is not even guaranteed to be ready by the time the series wraps up with the seventh and last T20I of the tour.
Buttler not risking his World Cup chances
"It would be nice to play but with the World Cup round the corner we are taking a cautious approach. I am running a few drinks, getting the loads up, and feeling good. I feel like if it was a World Cup game tomorrow I could play but I am being a bit cautious and taking it a bit slowly. If I had to, I could play. It is quite a unique situation to be here and not play, to observe,"
In Buttler's absence England have used three different openers - Phil Salt, the returning Alex Hales, and newcomer Will Jacks in the ongoing series.
As per Buttler's own admission, he can play but is taking a "cautious approach" to his return, with England having six more T20s- three against Pakistan and the same number against Australia before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Perth on October 22. It is most likely that the star English wicket-keeper batter will make his much-awaited return in the T20I series against Australia.
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