Jos Buttler: Bangladesh is very tough to beat in its home conditions
England skipper Jos Buttler has said that their white-ball tour of Bangladesh is “exactly” the kind of test his team needs before a World Cup in India while Buttler said that he anticipates the wickets to be “slow and low”, giving his side the best opportunity to test themselves.
England skipper Jos Buttler has said that their white-ball tour of Bangladesh is “exactly” the kind of test his team needs before a World Cup in India. Buttler said that he anticipates the wickets to be “slow and low”, giving his side the best opportunity to test themselves.
“It’ll be a great challenge for us. Obviously, Bangladesh is very tough to beat in its home conditions; India is as well. So this is exactly the kind of challenge we need, nearing the World Cup, not too far away, to test ourselves against probably conditions that we as a side will find the hardest. This can be a great measure of where we are as a team,”Buttler said.
“We’re expecting a slow and low wicket, and I think the conditions will be tough for us, which is exactly what we want. That’s the kind of challenge we want as a team to test ourselves in tough conditions which will be great preparation for us moving forward.
“All our preparation is geared towards that World Cup. These are the conditions that will probably be the closest that we can get to playing in India. You know, we only have these matches, and then don’t play again until September just before the World Cup so it’s a great challenge for us and we’re excited about the series.”
Buttler said he’s expecting his fast bowlers to be handy in these conditions.
“Generally the wicket will be slower. But guys like Jofra (Archer) and Mark wood have fantastic airspeed. So sometimes someone who can bowl with such pace on these wickets is still a handful. It’s not always to the benefit of the batsman. So nice variety in the attack. We have a nice variety in the squad. Right arm, left arm, high pace, guys who can swing it, so we have a nice balanced attack.
Will England’s familiarity with conditions through franchise cricket help?
“Element of surprise is just about being more accustomed to the condition, spending more time in the subcontinent,”Buttler said.
“Being exposed to the conditions more often, before the advent of franchise cricket, you’ve only come in as an international team and so with all the franchise cricket around guys are more exposed to the conditions.”