England star batsman Jos Buttler has not fully recovered from a calf injury that he sustained while playing in The Hundred earlier this Summer. Hence he won’t be available for the fifth T20I match against Pakistan on Wednesday.
England’s limited over head coach Mott has revealed that they will be cautious and won’t take risk with one of the world’s most feared batters ahead of the important ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next month. He has played an active role at training on the tour and acted as 12th man during Pakistan’s three-run victory on Sunday night.
“With regards to Jos, he’s still a while off,” Matthew Mott said on Sunday night. “He’s not a player we want to take a risk on at this stage, so close to a World Cup, and it was a reasonably significant injury that he had.
“He’s champing at the bit for a game but we’ll just try and see how we go: maybe in the last game or two, he might be a chance.”
The series is level at 2-2 with the fifth game scheduled to take place in Lahore on Wednesday. Three more matches are left and they are also expected to be closely fought like the previous matches. Mott is happy with the preparation with these games for the upcoming mega event in Australia.
“We couldn’t ask for better preparation than games like tonight [Sunday] where it’s all on the line with a couple of overs to go and players are under pressure. To play in high-pressure situations in front of a big crowd that was right into the game [is great].
“Yes, we would love to have won, but I think when you head into a World Cup, you want to play against good opposition in tough games and it’s been every bit of that.”