England fear Jos Buttler could miss the remaining Test matches this year with the wicketkeeper’s second child imminent and doubts about his availability for The Ashes as Joe Root still has no plans on the table.
- The wife of England’s deputy captain Jos Buttler is pregnant with their second child
- The 30-year-old knew he could miss the final test with India because of the birth
- Buttler could miss game 4 instead, as well as the Ashes later this year
It looks like Jos Buttler will miss the rest of England’s summer and this winter’s Ashes after captain Joe Root admitted he could not confirm his availability for this week’s fourth Test against India at The Oval.
Buttler admitted last week that he could miss the final test against India at Old Trafford next month, as his wife, Louise, will give birth to their second child on the day the match starts.
But as the last two games of the series are back-to-back and the due date is so close to The Oval Test, it looks like England will allow the 30-year-old to spend the rest of the summer at home.
Jos Buttler could miss England and the Ashes all summer, Joe Root has admitted
Asked about Buttler’s availability this week, Root said, “That will be clarified in the coming days. Hopefully we can have some clarity on that and hand that over to you once it’s set in stone. I couldn’t tell you honestly at the time. I don’t want to say anything and it turns out not to be true.’
The move could spell the end of Buttler’s Test career as he admitted last week that he might miss this winter’s Ashes series in Australia due to uncertainty as to whether players’ families will be able to travel to Australia.
Up to 10 players from England are considering postponing the tour, but Buttler is the only one to make his point public, saying: ‘One of the challenges is figuring out where the line is where you say ‘I can’t do that’ to do” .
“I have sacrificed a lot for cricket and my wife and family have sacrificed a lot. You have to be open to saying no.
The Englishman’s wife is pregnant and the uncertainty of whether families can travel is the problem
“It would be incredibly disappointing if some players feel like they can’t, but we’re in a world right now where that’s possible.”
It’s clear England are lining up Jonny Bairstow to keep wicket for the fourth Test starting Thursday at The Oval, with Dan Lawrence released to play the first two days of Essex’s County Championship match at Glamorgan who takes the lead from Ollie Pope.
England are also hopeful that Chris Woakes and Mark Wood will be available for The Oval after recovering from heel and shoulder injuries respectively.