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Jos Buttler on the removal of experienced players from the Cricket World Cup squad

Jos Buttler on the removal of experienced players from the Cricket World Cup squad

Jos Buttler on the removal of experienced players from the Cricket World Cup squad

England captain Jos Buttler spoke about how he felt obligated to tell their usual opener of his exclusion from the squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Jason Roy’s time with the England team has proven fruitful. He has 4271 runs at an average close to 40 with a strike rate that above 100. Despite this, the batsman has been left out of India’s Cricket World Cup roster.

Roy scored two ODI hundreds in 2023, but the batsman is suffering from back spasms, which forced him to miss the four-match ODI series against New Zealand. With questions about the batter’s fitness still hanging over him, the selectors went with Harry Brook on the 15-man team.

Buttler told the PA news agency at a Castore event that he informed Roy of the decision since the two are close friends and he felt a sense of duty.

“It’s part of the job as captain that isn’t enjoyable, whether they’re great friends or not, it’s not a nice job to do,” Buttler continued.

“I certainly feel it’s my responsibility to break the news.” He’s a really good friend of mine, so it was a difficult decision to make.”

Buttler stated that Roy will be the team’s top-order reserve. He went on to say that because of the nature of the sport, some good players had to skip the travel to India.

“Jason will unquestionably be the top-order reserve. We believe Harry provides us with versatility: he can bat anywhere from No. 1 to No. 6 in the batting order, which is clearly beneficial in a squad.

“However, good players are left out due to the brutal nature of sport.” There will have been many of people outside the 15 who felt they had a decent chance of getting a spot. It’s an awful headache to have, but it’s a nice problem to have as a selection committee when you have a large pool of candidates.

Before the World Cup, England will play Ireland in a three-game series beginning on Wednesday. Prior to the global event, they will also play two warm-up games against India and Bangladesh.

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off on October 5 against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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