Joe Root supports Jos Buttler to remain England’s wicket-keeper for the Sri Lanka Tests

By Bet Barter

January 3, 2021

England skipper Joe Root has stated that Buttler is going to continue as the wicket-keeper for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. This comes after Ben Foakes, who had an extraordinary Test tour of Sri Lanka last time around, in the England squad.

However, the captain stated that team management would make the final selection calls based on the prevailing conditions in Sri Lanka. Joe Root further said that Jos Buttler would be England’s preferred wicket-keeper unless there are other extraordinary circumstances.

Joe Root also added that Buttler had played some of his best cricket in England whites in Test series at home. His performance, especially against Pakistan, was remarkable. The England captain expressed hope that the wicketkeeper-batsman could continue in the same spirit in Sri Lanka as well.

Jos Buttler was the star performer with the bat in the Test series against Pakistan. The wicket-keeper’s 139-run stand with Chris Woakes for the sixth wicket helped England win that series first match. Following that, Buttler then scored a career-best 152 against the same opposition in the series final Test.

Ben Foakes is likely to get an opportunity later in the winter: Joe Root

Joe Root also claimed that Ben Foakes will have to wait for his opportunity and seize it with both hands when the moment comes. It was the same ground where Ben Foakes made his international debut in 2018. The batsman tamed the turning track to post an accomplished hundred in his first Test innings.  

The Surrey man was impressive with the gloves as well. He marked his debut with two catches, a stumping and a run-out. He also won both players of the match and player of the series.

Joe Root gave the green light by hinting that England might change their squad during Sri Lanka and India tours. This is going to offer a lot of opportunities for the players to showcase their potentials.

England cricket team is going to play a two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting January 14. Post that the team will be travelling to India for a four-match affair against the men in blue. England’s Test team has already left for Sri Lanka on Saturday after a mandatory round of Covid-19 screening. A compulsory fortnight of quarantine and acclimatisation is going to take place in Hambantota. 

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