The Ashes: Jos Buttler committed to Test cricket; Zak Crawley says England must not fear Australia | Cricket News

Jos Buttler has no plans to move away from Test cricket after The Ashes; England batsman Zak Crawley isn’t weighed down by his meager run of form in 2021 and says he “knows full well” he can score a century in Sydney; Crawley says England need not fear Australia

Last updated: 02/01/22 8:19

Jos Buttler has no plans to end his testing career

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says he has no plans to walk away from Test cricket despite a tough Ashes streak so far.

Buttler averaged under 20 with the bat during England’s defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, while also losing some expensive holds behind the shackles.

The 31-year-old has only scored two hundred in 56 test matches, while he has 10 for England in limited formats, including a first tonne T20I against Sri Lanka in Sharjah during the T20 World Cup a few months ago.

However, Buttler says he has no plans to become a full-time white ball specialist and hopes to be selected for the three-test series in the West Indies in March.

Buttler has played 56 test matches for England to date

Buttler has played 56 test matches for England to date

He was asked if he still wants to play Test Cricket. Buttler said: “It is certainly my ambition. I don’t think it would have taken me as long as I did if it hadn’t been.

“I have fantastic family support – they support me and my career a lot and make a lot of sacrifices for it. This is something that gives you a lot of motivation and guidance to try and make it all worth it.

“It certainly has kept my drive and ambition to try and play. At the moment I feel I have that support and I’m in a place where I want to try to make it work.

“All I’m focusing on at the moment is showing up in Sydney and training well. There is an overwhelming sense of disappointment and frustration with the situation we have found ourselves in.

“It’s still pretty raw. We certainly don’t want to be a 5-0 losing team. There’s a lot to play for.”

Buttler was sacked for just two days on the first day of Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, after taking the field against Australian spinner Nathan Lyon in the over before tea and passing the ball to home rookie Scott Boland at deep midwicket.

Buttler's highest score in this Ashes series is 39

Buttler’s highest score in this Ashes series is 39

Reflecting on that layoff, Buttler said, “I think in hindsight, just before a tea break is obviously a bad time to go out, but I wanted to be offensive and positive in those innings.

“Mid and mid game they increased. I saw it as an opportunity to score, I didn’t run it. That’s it. I think you have to be able to (move forward) as an international player, both when you have done well it’s bad.

“I know team members will be questioned from the outside, but not believing in yourself is when you really start to go into a downward spiral.”

Crawley: We don’t have to fear Australia

Buttler’s teammate Zak Crawley scored 12 and five on the MCG after being called back to the squad for the first time since August.

The top-notch hitter averaged 10.81 across eight tests in 2021, a dramatic drop after his score of 267 against Pakistan in the summer of 2020.

Crawley said: “Obviously I didn’t play my best cricket last year, but I feel comfortable. Those stats are sometimes misleading.

Zak Crawley expects a flatter course in Sydney for the fourth Ashes Test

Zak Crawley expects a flatter course in Sydney for the fourth Ashes Test

“I’ve never tried anything like playing in India – 10 down there seemed like a good score at the time. I didn’t feel in great contact in the summer, so all of a sudden you have an average of 10

“I feel as good as ever and so I don’t look too much at the stats. I will definitely try to be a little more confident and go back because I know very well that I can score a hundred here this week and that is what I am trying to do.

“I feel that some of us on our first Ashes tour, we are a little wary of Australia, but there is no need. (It’s about) don’t fear them.

“They are great bowlers, some of the best in the world, but when you walk in as Rooty and Mala (Joe Root and Dawid Malan) proved, they seemed very comfortable at times.

“I don’t think it will be a harder test (in Sydney). I think the wicket will be better, slightly flatter, and it will be a little easier. After watching the Ashes quite a bit, it usually looks like to be a lot more runs here. “


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