English wicketkeeper batsman Jos Butler eyes to build up England’s limited over side for the T20 World Cup which is set to take place next year in India. While leaving for their first tour since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the globe and forced to delay the T20 World Cup which was supposed to take place in Australia, the English keeper batsman said that they would like to recreate what they did during the 50 over World Cup last year in England.
Before leaving for South Africa, Butler also talked about Mental health of players who will be entering another bio bubble ahead of 3 T20I’s and 3 ODI’s against South Africa. He said that it’s important to focus on mental health of each individual. He has also asked players to come out and talk if they are having any issues with this lockdown lifestyle.
Some of the players just came back from UAE after concluding IPL. While key players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran have been rested for ODI’s , Butler said he was more than happy to put himself forward in both series as he has played only three ODI’s since the World Cup final at Lord’s 16 months ago.
Talking about what players do in the bubble, Butler added that most of the players have an Xbox, some of them have Netflix and there are books as well. He also gave credit to ECB for handling players mental health wellbeing.
He said that winning the series will be the primary motive. He added that they would like to replicate what they did with their 50 over side during the previous World Cup. England became No. 1 ODI side in the course of four year cycle after a not so good world cup in 2015. They only lost 2 bilateral series after the 2015 World Cup, which helped them win the next World Cup.
The tour will start from 27th November .