English wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler said on Saturday that it is not possible for cricketers to play every match as staying in a bio bubble can eventually take its toll. India and England will compete against four tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first two matches of the 4-game series will be played in Chennai, before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test. Buttler would return home after the first Test against India, and then he would have to appear in the white ball series (five T20Is and three ODIs) against India.
“It is certainly a challenge, it is difficult to say that the situation is quite difficult as there are some people in the world who are in a difficult situation right now and looking at the pandemic and the lockdown, we are lucky. that we play cricket and do what we love, but having said that, spending time outside of our families is quite a challenge. It can be quite difficult to lock up your family in hotels, ”Buttler said during a virtual press conference on Saturday.
“ECB has been progressive in getting players to rotate in and out of this series, sometimes there is frustration because you want to see the best players all the time, but it’s just not possible to look at the time in the series.” The short term goals are important, there is no certainty if you look too far ahead, ”he added.
For the first two tests, Jonny Bairstow would also not be available and he would only be selected for the last two tests. Former players Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen have already said England should try to play their best XI possible, and rotation can be done later.
Speaking of the batting order, Buttler said: “Obviously there are a number of different faces with us this time, a few young guys who are at the start of their careers and for some this is their first tour in Asia. Sibley, Zack Crawley and Rory Burns are a few guys who can occupy the fold for a long time. Spending time in India helps you understand the scope of the game here, it’s a huge challenge for us to play against India in India. “
“It’s about adapting to the circumstances and playing accordingly, when the ball swings in England, a good score in the first innings could be 300. If you’re playing in India, if we’re playing a fantastic wicket, the good score 600, understanding and realization of big run scoring is key. Root was a fantastic example of us as he scored 200 and 180+ in Sri Lanka, “he added.
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all members are under quarantine. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns arrived earlier as the trio did not play the Test series against Sri Lanka. The first test between England and India starts on February 5 in Chennai.
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