Jos Buttler explains decisive factor which will determine who wins the Ashes

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler believes that the side who deals with "distractions" the best will win the Ashes.

Both teams have had their preparation scuppered by bad weather, with England's first warm-up match abandoned after just 29 overs thanks to rain.

England's second warm-up game has also been affected by rain, while Australia 's only warm-up match is expected to be scrapped due to weather concerns.

Australia have also seen their captain Tim Pain resign ahead of the series due to a sexting scandal and pull out of the squad altogether.

When asked about the difficulties both sides have faced in the lead up to the series, Buttler admitted that "the team that's going to play best" is the one which is able to cope with those "distractions".

He said: "Around the Ashes, there’s always certain things go on and the guys that can deal with the distractions an Ashes series throws up … is the team that’s going to play best."

Buttler was also asked about the prospect of the fifth Ashes Test being moved from Perth, with Western Australia's strict coronavirus protocol proving a barrier.

"I find it tiring to talk about it when you don’t know," Buttler said. "That’s not for me to worry about at the minute.

"There’s a week to go until the first Test here and all our energies are focused on that."

Currently, visitors to Western Australia have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period and state Premier Mark McGowan has insisted that the cricketers will not be granted an exemption.

"We have put in place very strict rules," McGowan said. "So we've said to them, 'you need to have 14 days' quarantine'. And that has to apply to all the broadcast staff, the cricket staff.

"They can't just bring wives and girlfriends with them – same rules as we put in place for the AFL (Australian Football League). It's up to them whether they want to adhere to those rules or not."

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