England captain Buttler takes aim at packed cricket schedule

Jos Buttler becomes the latest England star to take aim at cricket’s jam-packed schedule as he insists the lack of training days is impacting the team’s cohesion, after Ben Stokes retired from ODIs over similar concerns

  • The England white ball captain vented his frustrations at the current schedule
  • No white ball training days makes it ‘tough’ for the team says Jos Buttler 
  • Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket this week citing the schedule as a reason

Jos Buttler vented his frustrations at England’s schedule after a washout in the series decider against South Africa at Headingley on Sunday.

The third ODI in Leeds was England’s ninth white-ball game in 18 days with three more T20Is against the Proteas this week and the England captain insisted that the lack of time to train and work with the squad in between games has proved a struggle.

‘There’s no getting past the fact that the schedule makes it tough. It’s also a frustration of mine we don’t have any training days. Those training days are really important for that team cohesion, the energy within the group, the fielding drills and the camaraderie around the guys without the pressures of a game,’ said Buttler.

Jos Buttler became the latest England star to take aim at cricket’s packed summer schedule

Buttler complained about the lack of training days the white ball squads currently have

His comments came at the end of a week where Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket stating that ‘players weren’t cars that could be filled up with petrol.’

The 31-year-old added: ‘A lot of the time around training is when you can do some of your best work, being able to have good conversations and having a feel for where the group is at and not just always being in game mode. 

‘To get the highest standard of cricket possible, you need to prepare properly. Hopefully, that’s something we can look at going forward.’

‘As a new captain, it would be nice to have that time to bed in and do that work around your players and with your coaches. That’s been a frustration of mine to be truthfully honest’.

Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket citing the schedule as part of the reason for his decision 

Just 27.4 overs of play were possible on Sunday and South Africa were 159 for two in the 28th over with Quinton de Kock unbeaten on 92 when a second rain delay forced the match to be abandoned, preventing Buttler and England from getting their first series win under their new skipper.

‘It’s a big shame for everyone involved. It would have been great to get a full game in and have a proper decider,’ said Buttler.

Under Buttler’s leadership since the retirement of Eoin Morgan, England are yet to win a white-ball series having lost consecutive ODI and T20I series against India. 

The three-match T20I series against South Africa starts on Wednesday in Bristol.

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