PAK vs ENG T20: Jos Buttler wants England battle-hardened from Pakistan tour
PAK vs ENG T20: England skipper Jos Buttler said Thursday he hopes his injury-hit T20 side embrace the challenge of facing a strong Pakistan team on their first tour of the country in 17 years.
Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, Pakistan has struggled to draw visiting teams due to security concerns, although tours have progressively restarted in recent years, with England being the most recent.
Buttler believed his young team would prepare well for the massive event as this seven-match series is seen as a lead-up to the Twenty20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia next month.
“We look forward to the tough challenge and to battle-hardened for the World Cup after this series,” said Buttler, who will miss the first few games to recover fully from a calf injury.
While Test captain Ben Stokes given a break, two other members of England’s World Cup squad, Liam Livingstone and Chris Jordan, will also out from this series as they heal from respective ankle and finger ailments.
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Buttler expressed his hope that other players eager to showcase their talent will given a chance by the injuries.
“Obviously the main aim for everyone to turn up for Australia fully ready,” said Buttler of the event to held from October 16 to November 13.
He said seven of his squad — David Willey, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Liam Dawson, Harry Brook, Luke Wood and Ben Duckett — had featured in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year and would know local conditions.
“Plenty of our players featured in the PSL and also shared the positive experiences of being here and about how much the public love the game,” said Buttler.
“We know Pakistan are a very great side. We look forward to challenge ourselves against them and I expect to see some great cricket.”
The England captain also wished for a successful performance from his team in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week.
“Obviously, with her majesty the queen passing, we deeply saddened by that. We have seen the reactions over in England.
“We hope to honour her in our own way as a T20 team and also play in a fashion to do that.”
On September 20, 22, 23, and 25, Karachi will host the first four matches, while Lahore will host the following three on September 28, 30, and October 2.