ENG vs SL: England’s squad suffered a massive blow with wicket-keeper Jos Buttler being ruled out of the remaining T20Is & ODIs against Sri Lanka after suffering a calf injury.
Jos Buttler who scored 68 runs off 55 balls to guide England towards a comfy win in the first T20I against Sri Lanka, has sustained a calf injury during the match. Thus Buttler has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the series & Dawid Malan is included in the squad as Buttler’s replacement.
“Jos Buttler sustained a right calf injury in England’s first IT20 victory at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday. He underwent an MRI scan in Cardiff on Thursday morning, which revealed a small tear. Buttler felt tightness and discomfort at the end of the game after a match-winning 68 not out secured an eight-wicket win. He will return home today and commence his rehabilitation program,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Friday.
After the conclusion of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, England will host Pakistan for a three-match ODI & three-match T20I series starting from July 8. Buttler will be looking forward to returning till the start of the limited-overs series against Pakistan, followed by a five-match test series against India at home. So if not till the Pakistan series, Buttler will aim at completing his rehabilitation & returning for the test series. Currently, the World’s No 1 ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan has replaced Buttler in the squad.
Jonny Bairstow & Sam billings are the two options with England to do wicket-keeping in Saturday’s match. Sam Billings to get a maiden call-up for the ODI series in the middle order. “In terms of ODIs, I had a really good summer last year and averaged 83 in that format so I would be pretty disappointed if I didn’t get a gig but this team is a very hard one to get into,” Billings said.
Earlier Jos Buttler confirmed that he will not feature for IPL 2021 Phase 2 as it will clash with England’s Pakistan & Bangladesh tour in the September-October window. “Usually the IPL does not clash with any international cricket. When it does clash, probably England will take precedence,” BBC quoted Buttler as saying.
ENG vs SL Series Squads
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama
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