Manchester Originals captain Jos Buttler has been ruled out of The Hundred with an injury, a report confirmed on Monday. Buttler has sustained a calf injury during his team’s game against Southern Braves and hence will not be able to take part in the rest of the tournament. Laurie Evans will lead the team in Buttler’s absence.
Meanwhile, another Originals’ star Andre Russell has also pulled out of the tournament to take part in the Caribbean Premier League. The team management is yet to name a replacement but has Ashton Turner available to them.
Buttler's injury came in the match against Southern Braves while fielding, chasing the ball to the boundary on Thursday night. Although he continued to field and laughed off the injury by saying "I'm just getting a bit older", the 31-year-old now stands ruled out of the tournament.
Originals coach Simon Katich reacted to the development and called it unfortunate.
"Obviously [we are] disappointed to lose Jos, not just for his batting but also his leadership," said Katich.
Now with Buttler injured, who is also England's white-ball captain, questions about his availability for the Pakistan series will be raised. However, as per an ESPNCricinfo report, Buttler is set to tour Pakistan for the seven-match T20I series.
"Buttler's availability for England's seven-match T20I series in Pakistan in September is not yet in doubt, but he will be managed carefully ahead of the T20 World Cup, having previously missed the majority of England's white-ball summer in 2021 with a calf injury," the report claimed.
It's worth mentioning that several other England white-ball players are missing the Hundred because of injuries, too, including Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, while Richard Gleeson is yet to feature for Originals after a series of niggles, most recently a back spasm. Meanwhile, the Originals women's team have signed Erin Burns, the Australian allrounder, as a replacement for Deandra Dottin, who has left for the women's CPL.