Jos Buttler Would Pull Out Of Ashes 2021/22 If His Family Is Unable To Join Him
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Jos Buttler Would Pull Out Of Ashes 2021/22 If His Family Is Unable To Join Him

Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP

Jos Buttler, England vice-captain has insisted again he will miss the upcoming Ashes tour if his family are unable to join him in Australia. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will fly out to the United Arab Emirates next week as a member of England’s squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup.

But whether the wicketkeeper-batsman also features in the upcoming five-Test Ashes series is doubtful amidst questions over the severity of Covid-19 restrictions at Australia confronting Joe Root’s men. England players are still awaiting specific details about quarantine, bubble, and entry regulations, although there are reports that information will be available this weekend.

Jos Buttler. Image-Twitter
Jos Buttler. Image-Twitter

Jos Buttler Would Pull Out Of Ashes If His Family Is Unable To Join Him

But in the meantime, even Test skipper Joe Root has been unable to commit fully to touring Australia for one of the showpiece events in the global cricket calendar. Jos Buttler, having just become a father for the second time, wants to know as many details as possible before making himself available for the tour.

But asked Wednesday if an Ashes series where his family were unable to join him for even part of the tour represented a red line, the 31-year-old replied: “Yes, definitely for myself. If I had to do a World Cup and an Ashes — four, five months without seeing my family — I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that.”

“We’re still waiting for more information, as soon as possible,” he said when speaking at Sixes Cricket Club, where he was unveiled as the official ambassador of Booking.com’s sponsorship of the T20 World Cup. Hopefully in the next few days there’ll be more information. As soon as you get that it makes it easier to know what decision you’re making.”

England batsman Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Buttler, yet to play in an overseas Ashes, added: “The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and Cricket Australia will be working very hard together to make it as good as possible. It’s tough to make a decision when you don’t have all the answers. In Covid times, there is always going to be some sort of question that is difficult to answer. It could be changeable, it would be naive not to say so in the times we’re living in, but you want to go there with as many assurances as possible.”

The England opener played the entire IPL 2021 phase 1 but decided against returning for Phase 2 citing bubble fatigue and the birth of his second child. Rajasthan Royals’ wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hit the top gear against Sunrisers Hyderabad by smashing 124 off 64 balls in an IPL 2021 match, just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.

Stuart Broad confirmed that he will be part of the Ashes tour if his fitness permits him to play but added that England’s players still need more details about the Covid-19 restrictions they will undergo in Australia. The pacer was ruled out of the recently concluded India Test series after playing the first Test when he suffered a calf injury.

Ian Watmore: There Are Issues For CA To Sort Out Ashes Plan With Their Government

Meanwhile, ECB chairman Ian Watmore said he was prepared for more twists and turns ahead of the scheduled Ashes opener in Brisbane on December 8.

“There is no simple date it must be decided by, apart from when that plane goes to Australia,” Watmore told the Daily Mail.

ECB Chairman Ian Watmore
ECB Chairman Ian Watmore | OyeYeah News
“There are issues for CA to sort out with their government and for the federal government to sort out with state governments. We’re working hard to provide an environment in which our players and their families want to go and perform to their best. If Australia can deliver that, great, if not we may have to have more challenging discussions.”

England vice-captain Jos Buttler has made it clear that he would not be traveling to Australia for the Ashes series starting 8 December without his family.  It is to mention that Jos Buttler and his wife Louise Webber were blessed with a baby girl on 5 September. Therefore, it seems that the stumper intends to spend more time with his family.

The first Australia vs England Test match will be contested at Brisbane’s Gabba from 8-12 December whereas, the 2nd Test match will be at the Adelaide Oval from 16-20 December and it will be a Day-Night affair. The iconic Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (26-30 December) and Sydney Cricket Ground (5-9 January) respectively, with the final Test scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium (14-18 January).

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