Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler believes fast bowler Jofra Archer and all-round superstar Ben Stokes will be the X-factor for the England squad in the next round of 4-game tests against India. The series of tests begins on February 5 – the first two tests will take place at the Chepauk in Chennai while the next half of the series is expected to take place at the new Motera stadium in Ahmedabad.
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes on Saturday were released from the mandatory 6-day quarantine period. As they were not part of the English contingent that visited Sri Lanka before arriving in India, Stokes and Archer, along with Rory Burns, landed in India a few days earlier than the rest of their English teammates, who are all currently still isolated.
Jos Buttler says that in addition to having two legendary couturiers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad – by their side, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are two menacing players the opposition should be wary of.
“Jofra is definitely an X-factor player. Great to have Jofra back on the side. He will be excited for a big series in India. We have a few guys who can do amazing things with the ball – Anderson and Broad are two of the best couture bowlers to ever play the game and Ben Stokes is a really good X Factor player as well, “ Jos Buttler at a virtual press conference.
Jos Buttler defends the ECB player rotation policy ‘
The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) has received criticism for resting Jonny bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood of the team for the first two tests against India in Chennai. These three cricketers played whitewash in Sri Lanka while Stokes, Archer and Burns were rested.
Jos Buttler, who is also expected to leave after the first test match, said the players will be on rotation due to a busy calendar year ahead.
The 30-year-old is of the opinion that the board must also keep the future in mind – even if that means he could at no point be able to showcase his top eleven. The Three Lions are expected to play 17 tests over a 12-month period in addition to several white ball games leading up to the T20 World Cup.
“The ECB has been at the forefront of turning the players in and out of this series, sometimes there is frustration because you want to see the best players all the time, but it’s just not possible to watch the time spent in the bubble. It is important to look at short term goals, there is no certainty if you are looking too far ahead ”. added the porter.
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