Jos Butler will miss England’s T20 Finals against Australia on Tuesday after he requested a break to be with his family. Being featured in all six Test matches during the English summer before rejoining the white-ball side for the ongoing series, Butler has been inside the team bubble for the past 10 weeks. After scoring a match-winning 77 not out which gave England lead by 2-0 at the Ageas Bowl, Jos Butler approached Captain Eoin Morgan & head Coach Chris Silverwood to get a break to be with his family & the batsman was granted leave.
Last month it was revealed that Butler’s father had been in hospital just a day before Butler joined Chris Woakes in a game changing partnership that handed England victory in the first Test against Pakistan. Now Butler will rejoin England’s squad before the three match ODI series against Australia which will commence on September 11.
Jos absence will give chance to one of the reserve players to play in the team. Sam Billings could be seen as a replacement of Butler however there are more chances of Jonny Bairstow to reclaim the gloves leaving Billings to compete with Liam Livingstone and Joe Denly for a batting slot.
“England batsman Jos Buttler left the bio-secure bubble yesterday evening following the team’s victory over Australia to be with his family. He will miss England’s final Vitality IT20 against Australia on Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl.
“Butler, subject to testing, will return to the bio-secure bubble on Thursday ahead of the first ODI of the Royal London Series at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday”, ECB stated in its Official Statement.