Veteran England keeper-batsman Jos Buttler remains hopeful of his side’s chances of winning in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Buttler feels that England can win the World Cup despite Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer’s absence.
Both Archer and Stokes were important parts of England’s successful World Cup campaign in 2019. However, both won’t feature in the T20 World Cup in the UAE for different reasons.
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Jos Buttler, however, shared that England’s depth in white-ball cricket is really impressive, which was shown from the second-string squad that beat Pakistan at home.
“The depth we have is just fantastic. Watching a whole new white-ball squad win against Pakistan in the summer showed how much pressure we are under to perform. Look at the World Cup squad. Two superstars in Stokes and Archer are not there who are a huge miss, yet you look down that list and think even without those guys we’ve still got a brilliant team who can win the tournament,” Buttler told the Daily Mirror.
He further said: “There is plenty of talent available as we’ve seen, just look at someone like Liam Livingstone who has elevated his game to a new level after being given an opportunity this summer. To see a guy like that pick up the mantle and run with it is just great. Going into the World Cup, he is now someone who we are looking at as a key player.”
“Its been a frustrating summer for me” – Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler has also stated that he wasn’t at his best in the summer but he is motivated to play his best to help his side win the T20 title.
“It has been a frustrating summer for me. It has been stop/start and I’ve not really got into a great rhythm at all, but it has given me that desire and excitement already for when we get to the World Cup. I’ve got a burning ambition to bring my best cricket and play really well at that tournament as part of an exciting team with a great chance, I believe, to win the trophy,” Jos Buttler concluded.