‘Won’t take risk on Buttler before World Cup’ England coach Mott

KARACHI: England white-ball head coach Mathew Mott reiterated that the side would not take undue risks with Jos Buttler ahead of ICC T20 World 2022 in Australia. 

England white-ball captain Buttler, who has been recovering from a calf injury, has not played so far in the ongoing seven-match series against Pakistan.

Mott, while speaking at a post-match press conference, expressed that Buttler might get a chance in the last two matches of the series.

“With regard to Jos (Buttler), he’s still a while off, he’s not a player we want to take a risk on at this stage, so close to the World Cup, and it was a reasonably significant injury that he had,” he said.

“But we’ll just try and see how we go and maybe in the last game or two we might give him a chance,” he added.

Talking about the nail-biting fourth T20I between the two teams, the England coach called it an ‘amazing game of cricket’ and ‘fantastic opportunity’ for the player to learn how to play under pressure.

Pakistan defeated England by just three runs in the final over after a sensational display of pace bowling by pacer Haris Rauf in the 19th over.

“When we sent them (Pakistan) to batting, we were expecting 200 but they made that (167-run target) enough” he maintained.

Pakistan have levelled the series 2-2 following their win on Sunday with the fifth game scheduled at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

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