Teams that handle distractions best will win Ashes

Jos Buttler has said the team that best handles the disruption around Ashes will win the series when he arrived at England’s camp in Brisbane ahead of the initial test.

The wicketkeeper-batsman joined his team-mates on Tuesday after a period of quarantine on the Gold Coast after the T20 World Cup, with no game expected on day one of the team’s second scheduled warm-up match against England Lions due to constant rain in Queensland.

Buttler was direct when asked about the difficulties in preparing for both an Australian team to recover from former captain Tim Paine’s shock resignation and his team’s recent lack of time on the pitch.

“Around Ashes, there are always certain things going on, and the guys who can handle the distractions that an Ashes series throws up … are the team that is going to play best,” the 31-year-old told reporters in an interview from England’s hotel.

He would not be drawn to hypothetical situations involving the possible relocation of the fifth test in Perth, as Australia is struggling with the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

“I think it’s tiring to talk about it when you do not know,” Buttler said in response to a query that the match was potentially moving to Tasmania.

“It’s not for me to worry about at the moment. There’s a week to the first test here and all our efforts are focused on that.”

Hours later, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said England and Australia players would be subject to a 14-day quarantine ahead of the Perth Test, which is scheduled to start just five days after the Sydney match ends.

This means that the fifth Test in Perth will increasingly be moved to another location where a day-night match in Melbourne is an option envisaged.

“We have introduced very strict rules,” McGowan said at a news conference.

“So we’ve told them, ‘you have to have a 14-day quarantine.’

“They can not just bring wives and girlfriends – the same rules we have introduced for the AFL (Australian Football League).

“It is up to them whether they will abide by these rules or not.”

The English team is gathered in Brisbane as they continue their preparations for the series, which starts at Gabba on 8 December.

The first warm-up match against the Lions was canceled due to rain with only 29 overs played, and the rematch match at Ian Healy Oval seemed unlikely as rain was predicted to continue throughout Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Give a Comment