Questions are being raised on the selection of the England team for the Test series against India. The England Cricket Board (ECB) has adopted a rotation policy in view of the busy season affected by Coronavirus so that the key players of the team also get the necessary rest. The same policy has been adopted for the series against India, due to which many leading players will not be able to play all four Tests. It is also being criticized, but the wicket-keeper batsman of the team, Jos Buttler, has defended it citing the circumstances. Butler has said that in such situations, getting to play cricket is enough in itself.
England’s explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Butler is also one of the players who are being rotated for the Test series. Butler will play only the first Test of the series and then return to England. He was also a part of the team in the Sri Lanka Test Series earlier. However, Butler will return for the T20 series, which is considered to be important for the preparations for the T20 World Cup to be held this year.
You get good experience by playing in IPL
England’s ODI and T20 team captain, Eoin Morgan, had denied any rotation for the T20 series and demanded a full-strength team, which has been considered. In such a situation, players are being given rest for the Test and ODI series.
However, Butler said that by playing in the IPL, players get an idea of Indian players and circumstances. He said in the press conference,
“I think IPL helps in understanding the wicket. Apart from this, most of the cricketers play in it, then they get the experience of batting and bowling against them. If you have not played a bowler like Jasprit Bumrah before then it can be a problem because his action is very different. ”
T20 series is important for World Cup
But he also justified the decision to field a strong team in the T20 series and said that it will help the team to play together and understand. Butler said,
“As far as this T20 team is concerned, we have not got much time to play as a group and get acquainted with each other’s responsibility. In such a situation, preparations for the T20 World Cup will be good by playing against the best team like India. ”
Current conditions are not easy for the players
Butler endorsed the rotation policy of the ECB, saying that the current situation is very difficult and it would have been good to field your best team, but the players have to go through challenging situations. They said,
“You want to bring down your strongest team every time, but unfortunately it is not possible at this time. It becomes quite challenging to stay away from family and stay in quarantine in hotel rooms. The ECB has been far-sighted by rotating the players for this series. “
These players have been rotated
Apart from Butler, the team’s star batsman Johnny Bairstow was also rested for the first two Tests. However, later the board changed its decision and decided to include him in the team from the second Test itself. Apart from them, fast bowler Mark Wood and all-rounder Sam Karan have also been rested in the first 2 Tests. At the same time, in the Test series against Sri Lanka, the experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad were also fed in one match instead of landing together.