Jos Buttler realizes the difficulty when the England team plays right after their T20 World Cup championship but is sure that the ODI series against Australia will make the “competition fever” happen.
In just four days, England become the first men’s team to unify the limited World Cups, defeating Pakistan in the T20 final and kick off the ODI series against Australia in Adelaide.
The timing of the three-match series, which does not count toward qualifying for the next 50-plus years’ World Cup in India, was described as “terrible” by Moeen Ali and Buttler agrees.
But the England captain, speaking to the media on the eve of Thursday’s opening game, insisted they would not make the moves, adding the threat from their rival Ashes could create dynamics. force for them.
Buttler said: “I think it is absolutely difficult. “But we just keep going with it. It’s a quick turnaround, there’s no reason to hide that it’s going to be a challenge for us, having hit such a high a few days ago.
“We’re just trying to really enjoy the games and play with a lot of freedom – not that we need any reason to do that.
“Once you cross the line and you’re playing against Australia, I’m sure those competitive juices will take place.”
At least three members of England’s team out on Sunday will feature in Thursday’s squad of the week, but the series offers opportunities for those on the sidelines like James Vince and Sam Billings.
Vince registered his only hundred internationals in his most recent ODI with Pakistan last year and was an option to team up with Jason Roy, returning to the England squad after being dropped for T20 World Cup.
Fast pitcher Luke Wood and pitcher Liam Dawson have been benched in recent weeks and could join fast Olly Stone, on his way back from injury, to make some picks. choose instead.
While Buttler is tight-lipped about his team selection, he said Dawid Malan, who missed the knockout stages of the World Cup after correcting his left groin, is expected to be available.
Buttler said: “He’s fit enough to play in the final. “There’s an element of risk there that we don’t want to accept but there are a few days left. I’m sure he’ll have room to play.
“There’s new energy, some great players are coming in and want to make their mark. There’s a depth of talent in the white ball game, it’s hard to get into the final squad and the players. good get eliminated.
“Some players may not have as many opportunities as they would like during the World Cup but they are hungry to perform. It’s always a sign of a good team when good players are absent.”
England’s celebrations over the weekend included Matthew Mott having his head shaved by Moeen after a bet with Sam Curran, who apparently had to dye his hair in a color chosen by the head coach.
Buttler added: “I really have a crush on Sam, I think he was put in there because the deal was, in my eyes, just to shave Motty’s hair,” Buttler added. “But now he’s out with Sam having to dye him.
“But it gave everyone a lot of energy when he walked into the room and I think Mo shaved his head. To be honest, play fair to him for keeping his word, I’m not sure he’s going to. regrow the head, to be honest!
“We’ve definitely celebrated and enjoyed that. Over the last few days we’ve really started to bask in what we’ve achieved. It’s great to have a moment to think about that. .
“We’re a long way off but I’m so proud of everyone here and we’re enjoying it, it’s great.”