Jos Buttler backs James Anderson for Big Ashes role despite Brisbane’s absence

Jos Buttler backing James Anderson plays a big role in Ash – and more – despite England’s decision to lower their cannonball record from the First Test as a fitness precaution.

Anderson will watch from the sidelines and refine his skills in the net as the old rivals have their most recent battle at The Gabba – a match that kicks off at midnight on Tuesday in the UK.

England insisted he was fit to play, despite reports of a gnawing calf, but opted for a pragmatic approach to their 39-year-old swimmer.

Jos Buttler speaking to the media on the eve of the First Test (Jason O’Brien/PA)

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With five Tests squeezed out over the next six weeks, they knew he wasn’t capable of playing every match in demanding conditions and instead made it a priority to get him fully up to speed for the next one – a day/night clash in Adelaide where they hope he can make the pink Kookaburra talk under the lights.

The memories of Ashes in 2019 – when he fell that first morning and was never seen again – also played their part. But Buttler has made it clear that Anderson will still be a big hit for Down Under and hasn’t given any indication that his long and illustrious career is going downhill.

“Jimmy won’t be playing but he’s healthy. It’s just precaution,” he said.

“Obviously this is a very long movie and we wanted a guy like that to be around to play as many roles as possible. Jimmy is good at bowling and bowling – I faced him in the net, it was a big challenge going into a Test match.

Looks like age is just a number to Jimmy. He is in great shape, his skills are excellent as always.

Jos Buttler about Anderson.

“Looks like age is just a number to Jimmy. He is in great form, his skills are excellent as always and he still seems to be trying to improve and learn new things.

“That hunger doesn’t seem to waver at all, he stays just as irritable if he throws a bad ball and his competitiveness is extremely high in whatever he does, let alone. say on the cricket field. I definitely see him wanting to carry on for as long as he can and it doesn’t feel like there’s anything standing in the way of him doing it at the moment.”

Buttler is gearing up for a big moment of his own as he takes the field in Brisbane – his first test trip to Australia in over 10 years as an international cricketer.

It seems a bit absurd that a player of his caliber has yet to take part in what is considered the challenge of the anemones, but when England made the last run four years ago, he was watched. as a border crossing specialist.

It is a card he sometimes finds difficult to change, despite having achieved 53 caps in the five-day format and serving two spells as vice-captain, he is well aware that there is no place. Which better to strengthen your certificate.

“For any England player, coming and touring Australia in the ashes is definitely on your bucket list,” he said.

“I remember coming here on a Lions tour in 2013 and I went to see a couple of days of the Tests here in Brisbane. When you see it up close, you understand the intensity and hostility of this environment.

“I am extremely excited about this challenge. It will be extremely difficult but that’s what you want to play the game. I will try my best and I know I need to work hard to achieve success. “

England have not won at the Australian stronghold of Queensland since 1986, with six resounding defeats and two draws in the mid-game period, but motivated by the understanding that India has won here only. 11 months ago.

Buttler added: “Australia tend to play well here but they lost recently at this venue which proves it’s not impossible to beat them.

“We know to be able to do that we have to give our best and if we bring an ‘A’ game, we’ll be there or there.” Jos Buttler backs James Anderson for Big Ashes role despite Brisbane’s absence


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