‘The guys who deal with distractions an Ashes throws up will play the best’: Jos Buttler calls on laser focus from England amid Covid chaos, lack of warm-ups and Tim Paine resignation
- Jos Buttler joined up with his England team-mates after a period of quarantine
- Rain in Queensland has scuppered chances of play on first day of warm-up game
- He says there are distractions around the Ashes and this series is no different
Jos Buttler has said the team which best deals with the distractions around the Ashes will win the series as he arrived in England’s camp in Brisbane ahead of the opening Test.
The wicketkeeper-batsman joined his team-mates on Tuesday following a period of quarantine on the Gold Coast after the T20 World Cup, with no play expected on day one of the side’s second planned warm-up match against England Lions due to consistent rain in Queensland.
Buttler was direct when asked about the difficulties in preparation for both an Australia side recovering from the shock resignation of former skipper Tim Paine and his team’s recent lack of time on the field.
Jos Buttler has joined up with the rest of his team-mates having undergone a quarantine
‘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,’ the 31-year-old told reporters in an interview from England’s hotel.
He would not be drawn on hypothetical situations involving the possible moving of the fifth Test in Perth as Australia grapples with the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
‘I find it tiring to talk about it when you don’t know,’ Buttler said in response to a query about the match potentially shifting to Tasmania.
Tim Paine’s resignation has been among the distractions for both teams recently
‘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.’
The squad have gathered in Brisbane as they continue their preparation for the series which starts at the Gabba on December 8.
The first warm-up match against the Lions was called off due to rain with only 29 overs played and the rematch at Ian Healy Oval appeared unlikely to progress as rain was forecast to continue throughout Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
England have had very little preparation time ahead of the first Test of the series