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Cricket: Poor preparation, distraction not interested in British Buttler

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – First Test – England practice – Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England – August 3, 2021 Britain’s Jos Buttler during practice. Photos in action via Reuters / Paul Childs

November 30, 2021

By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain’s Jos Buttler believes the team that best handles the interrupted preparations and distractions surrounding a series of “unique” Ashes will have the best chance of taking home the spoils.

The keeper-battler and his teammates from England’s 20-year World Cup campaign finally showed up after being quarantined and joined the rest of the Gold Coast test team in Tuesday.

The Queensland rain may have thrown another wrench on the job by washing away the first day of an intramural game, but Buttler has raved about his lack of preparation for the red ball ahead of the test. first next week in Brisbane.

“In this day and age, a lot of us use formats quite often. In the COVID era, things have changed quite a bit, too, with quarantine rules making some things a little more complicated,” he told reporters.

“I really think it’s something that you have to deal with as a modern player, to be able to step into situations without being fully prepared.

“No team should take that as an excuse, you can still show up that first day and play a really good test match.”

Before agreeing to travel, England’s players negotiated thoroughly the restrictions they would have to compete in five tests around the country, particularly the right to bring their families to Australia.

The emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Australia’s shores is likely to force Cricket Australia to either move its fifth test away from Perth or adjust conditions for players and their families.

Buttler, however, is reluctant to engage in debates about hypothetical situations.

“I get tired of talking about it when you don’t know,” he said.

“That doesn’t worry me at the moment. There’s a week to go until the first test here and all of our energy is focused on that.”

Other distractions for England came from a spate of racism that engulfed England’s game, while Australia were facing the fallout from the ‘sexting’ scandal that left their captain, Tim Paine Pay the price.

Buttler said he will take a “fearless” approach to his first test trip in Australia and insists he will focus entirely on cricket as England try to win the Ashes back.

“Around the Ashes, there are always certain things that happen and those who can deal with the distractions that the Ashes chain presents… is the team that will play the best,” added the 31-year-old.

(Edited by Peter Rutherford)

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