The Ashes: Jos Buttler is not worried about disruptions in England’s preparations, distractions before the series

The Ashes: Jos Buttler and other players from England’s T20 World Cup squad only joined the rest of the squad on Friday after their quarantine ended, and frequent rains in Brisbane have been another issue that guests had to deal with while trained.

Buttler joined the rest of the test squad on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)


  • Buttler and his teammates from the England T20 World Cup met with the test team on Tuesday after quarantine
  • Rain in Queensland has also been a problem for England to deal with during training
  • Buttler said he does not think about what effect Omicron could have on the fifth test

England’s preparations for the Ashes may have been disrupted by the bad weather in Brisbane, but wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said the team will not use it as an excuse if they perform poorly in the first Test.

Buttler and his teammates from England’s T20 World Cup campaign finally got out of quarantine and joined the rest of the Test squad on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

The rain in Queensland could have thrown another key in by washing out the first day of an intra-squad match, but Buttler was phlegmatic over his lack of preparation for red balls ahead of next week’s first Test in Brisbane.

“In this day and age, many of us switch between formats quite often. In the COVID era, things have also changed quite a bit, with quarantine rules making certain things a little more difficult,” he told reporters.

“I think it’s something you just have to deal with as a modern player, to be able to go into situations without having full preparation.

“No team should use that as excuses, you can still show up the first day and play a really good test match.”

Buttler also said he does not think about the Omicron coronavirus and the effects it could have on the fifth test of the series in Perth.

England players negotiated hard over the restrictions they would play under during the five tests around the country, especially the right to take their families to Australia before joining the tour.

“I find it tiring to talk about it when you do not know it,” he said.

“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.”

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