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It’s really frustrating: England white-ball skipper Jos Buttler on lack of training before matches

Buttler has claimed that players are not getting enough time to train properly due to tight schedule.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 26 July 2022 3:47 pm

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Ever since England’s Test skipper Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODIs, voices have started raising over cricketers being forced to play so frequently due to busy schedule. The International Cricket Council has been under heavy criticism for making a tight packed schedule due to which players are reportedly getting burned out and not able to perform at their best.

The latest cricketing figure to join the bandwagon is England’s white-ball skipper Jos Buttler, who recently lost the three-match ODI home series against India, and then ended the bilateral 50-over series with South Africa 1-1 after third and final match was abandoned due to rain. Buttler claimed that players are not getting enough time to train properly. “The time we spend in training is really vital to his performance. When you miss that chance well, there is a frustration. And that’s sort of the way this month has panned out. If we find those situations again, we just have to find a way,” he said.

While, England was highly applauded for their energy in Test cricket and adapted an aggressive approach in the longest format of the game, their performance in the white-ball format has been below par.

Expressing his frustration over not getting enough to train, Buttler further shared that it’s the training when players push themselves and test their limits as they are away from the pressure of the game during that time.

“Having good conversation and having a feel for where the group is at. Its not good to always be in the game mode. Preparation is very important and players require enough time to spend with each other to understand everyone in the squad and be able to deliver the highest standard of cricket,” England’s white-ball captain said.

The newly appointed skipper also admitted the fact that its getting really frustrating for him to not able to work properly with all the guys and coaches. “It would be really nice to have some time around to spend off the game. But, at present we don’t have that and we are just adapting things as it is and finding the best way,” Buttler concluded.

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