Jos Buttler backs stood-down James Anderson as England name Ashes squad

Asia's Tech News Daily

Jos Buttler backed James Anderson to play a big role in the Ashes – and beyond – despite England’s decision to stand their record wicket-taker down from the first Test as a fitness precaution.

Although passed fit Anderson was absent from the tourists’ 12-man squad for the curtain-raiser at The Gabba and will spend the next five days fine-tuning his skills in the nets while the two old rivals look to get the best of each other, and a dodgy weather forecast, in Brisbane.

Elsewhere head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root have thrown their faith behind Surrey’s Ollie Pope, handing him the number five slot ahead of the more experienced Jonny Bairstow, and will make a late call on whether or not to include spinner Jack Leach.

  • R Burns, H Hameed, D Malan, J Root (c), O Pope, B Stokes, J Buttler (wk), C Woakes, O Robinson, M Wood, J Leach, S Broad.

If they do decide they need the slow left-armer’s variety, Anderson’s long-term new ball partner Stuart Broad could join him on the sidelines, leaving over a thousand Test wickets in the dressing room.

The decision to shelve Anderson, the most prolific seamer in history, was met with surprise in Australia but with five Tests squeezed into the next six weeks the veteran was always unlikely to be an ever-present. Instead he is gearing towards the next game – a day/night clash in Adelaide where England hope he can make the pink Kookaburra talk under lights.

Memories of the 2019 Ashes – when he broke down on the first morning and was not seen again – also played their part. But Buttler made it clear that Anderson was still going to be a big factor Down Under and is not giving any indication that his long and illustrious career is winding down.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.Update your settings here to see it.

“Jimmy’s not going to play but he is fit. It’s just precautionary,” he said.

“It’s obviously a very long series and we want a guy like that to be available to play as much of a part as possible. Jimmy’s been bowling and bowling well – I faced him in the nets that’s been a great challenge going into a Test match.

“It seems that age is just a number for Jimmy at the minute. He’s in fantastic shape, his skills are brilliant as always and he still seems to be trying to improve and learn new things.

“That hunger doesn’t seem to be wavering at all, he still gets just as grumpy if he bowls a bad ball and his competitiveness is incredibly high in anything he does, let alone on a cricket field. I certainly see him wanting to continue as long as he can and there doesn’t feel like there’s anything in the way of him doing that at the moment.”

The decision to back Pope over Bairstow is also significant. The latter has experience of playing Ashes cricket away from home, as well as a fine century in Perth to look back on from 2017, but has had an indifferent 2021 since his Test recall.

Ollie Pope (left) gets a pat on the back from opener Haseeb Hameed (Jason O’Brien/PA)

Pope also knows he is overdue a down payment on his undeniable potential – an average of 32.16 representing a modest return from his first 20 caps – but he has caught the eye in practice and now has a big opportunity to shine.

Incongruously, Buttler is also preparing to make his first Ashes appearance on Australian soil, more than 10 years on from his international debut. He was still typecast as a limited-overs specialist during England’s last Test visit to these shores and has found the tag hard to shed, despite racking up 53 caps in the five-day format and enjoying two spells as vice-captain.

If there was ever a time to settle the debate, this is it.

“For any English player, to come and tour Australia in the Ashes is certainly on your bucket list,” he said.

“I remember coming here on a Lions tour in 2013 and I went to watch a few of the days of the Test here in Brisbane. When you see it up close you understand the intensity and hostility of this environment.

“I’m incredibly excited about the challenge. It’s going to be incredibly tough but that’s kind of what you want to play the game for. I’ll throw myself into it as much as I can and I know I need to be near my best to be successful.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


College Football World Reacts To The Texas Transfer News

The 2021 college football season wasn’t exactly a memorable one for first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. But 2022 might be a lot better on offense after the big transfer the ... Read more »

On This Day: What happened on 17 January?

© Provided by The South African Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course ... Read more »

IAN LADYMAN: Antonio Conte needs to quit moaning and do his job at Tottenham… plus, Romelu Lukaku will have to earn his confidence back - and Man United players are not impressed with their new coaches

Antonio Conte has been complaining about the standard of his Spurs squad The Italian has asked Chairman Daniel Levy for financial backing in January However, he's likely to face opposition from Levy after Spurs' summer spendingRomelu Lukaku needs love to thrive at Chelsea but has to prove he deserves it  Read more »

Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, January 17

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings at Wolverhampton, Chepstow and Fakenham. Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings CHEPSTOW ROBIN ... Read more »

Ancelotti proud after Super Cup win earns him fifth Real Madrid trophy

© Hassan Ammar Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scores from a penalty kick during the Spanish Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at King Fahd stadium ... Read more »

Rangers star retires from international football amid transfer interest

Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has announced his retirement from international football with Canada. © Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has retired from international football with Canada. (Photo by Crai… The 33-year-old, ... Read more »

Soccer-Ancelotti proud after Super Cup win earns him fifth Real trophy

By Fernando Kallas © Reuters/ALBERT GEA Spanish Super Cup Final – Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao RIYADH (Reuters) – Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed a job well done after ... Read more »

Andy Murray returns to Melbourne for first time since retirement

Few men get to read their own obituaries. Andy Murray did. His were written here in Melbourne three years ago, when it was believed he had played his last game ... Read more »

Rugby news: Exeter man edges England battle, Newcastle's Champions Cup doubt, Scotland in form for Six Nations

With an England squad for the Six Nations to be announced on 18 January, Eddie Jones’s assistant coaches Matt Proudfoot, Martin Gleeson and Richard Cockerill all watched Harlequins’ 14-12 win ... Read more »

Marc Marquez Back On Track Following Double Vision Injury

© Marc Marquez RC213V-S Marquez saddles up for a second time following his injury. Marc Marquez is back on track at Portimao but is still under assessment following his ... Read more »

Who is WWE wrestler Mustafa Ali?

Wrestler, Mustafa Ali, has been signed with WWE since 2016. He took to Twitter on Sunday to officially request his release from the network. Randy Orton Gives Mustafa Ali a ... Read more »

Hartenkreet Van der Vaart: ‘Het gaat over een kind van vier dat overleden is!'

© Aangeboden door Voetbalzone De analisten van Studio Voetbal begrijpen niets van de keuze van Heracles Almelo om Rai Vloet in genade aan te nemen. De aanvallende middenvelder keerde deze ... Read more »

Cagliari, Mazzarri: "Schiacciato la Roma nella ripresa, meritavamo almeno il pari"

Dopo due vittorie di fila si ferma all’Olimpico la corsa salvezza del Cagliari. Contro la Roma decide un tiro dal dischetto di Sergio Oliveira, ma Walter Mazzarri applaude i suoi: ... Read more »

Farris: "Buona Atalanta ma c'è rammarico. Dybala? Rispettiamo i nostri attaccanti"

Massimiliano Farris ha commentato il pareggio ottenuto al Gewiss Stadium contro l’Atalanta. Ecco le dichiarazioni del vice allenatore dell’Inter ai microfoni di DAZN. PRESTAZIONE – “Abbiamo provato a fare una ... Read more »

Roma, Mourinho: "Vittoria importante, ma dovevamo chiuderla prima"

“E’ una vittoria molto importante, peccato solo non averla chiusa prima”. José Mourinho si gode il ritorno alla vittoria della Roma contro il Cagliari ma non nasconde che non tutto ... Read more »

Atalanta, Gasperini sbotta su Muriel: "E' stucchevole"

© Fornito da “Chi parla così non conosce bene l’Atalanta”. Al termine di una gara in cui la sua Atalanta, sebbene rimaneggiata, ha creato diverse occasioni da gol al ... Read more »

Conegliano, Scandicci e Busto Arsizio inarrestabili

© Fornito da Rai Sport volley Nella 15ª giornata del campionato di Serie A1 femminile il successo di Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano per 3-0 su Acqua & Sapone Roma ... Read more »

XV de France : Sorti sur blessure, Jalibert suscite l'inquiétude

Alors que Fabien Galthié doit prochainement annoncer son groupe pour le Tournoi des 6 Nations, la sortie sur blessure de Matthieu Jalibert lors de la victoire de Bordeaux-Bègles face aux ... Read more »

Vincent Kompany : "On s'est un peu trop focalisé sur les occasions manquées"

Vincent Kompany ne pouvait pas reprocher grand-chose à son équipe, si ce n’est d’avoir manqué les occasions. Ou plutôt, il a manqué la mentalité du mois de décembre. La mentalité ... Read more »

Arsenal's fresh incentive to meet deadline for Dusan Vlahovic and Arthur transfers

Arsenal have a fresh incentive to seal deals for Dusan Vlahovic or Arthur early next week. The Gunners have a fortnight until the transfer window closes as they look to ... Read more »

Scott Arfield available for Rangers during winter internationals as Ibrox star retires from Canada duty

Rangers star Scott Arfield has retired from international football with Canada. The Ibrox midfielder, 33, has decided to call time on representing the North American country, which he qualified for ... Read more »

Former Rafa Benitez pupil explains why ‘cold' manager ‘did not work' for Everton; questions second figure

Rafa Benitez had no chance of keeping his job at Everton, admits a former player who has opened up on the aspects of his style that were unfavourable. Benitez was ... Read more »

Djokovic's legal loss in Australia is bound to spark a broader public health and political debate

© Copyright (c) Daily Maverick , All Rights Reserved Many sports stars are, rightly or wrongly, held up as role models. In the case of Novak Djokovic, we have a ... Read more »

CHRIS FOY: Eddie Jones MUST call on Wasps star Alfie Barbeary when he names England's Six Nations squad this week - he is a player with the repertoire to become a true international hybrid

Wasps back-rower Alfie Barbeary has long been known as the next big thingHis latest Man of the Match masterpiece occurred on terrestrial televisionBarbeary’s performance was freakishly brilliant against Toulouse on Saturday Read more »

It's not a gap, it's a GULF! Manchester City show they are on a different planet to Chelsea in terms of playing, planning and power as runaway Premier League leaders extinguish Thomas Tuchel's title challenge

Kevin De Bruyne's stunner separated Chelsea in a crux title race showdown Manchester City are now 11 points ahead, 13 in front of Thomas Tuchel's men The match demonstrated that Tuchel has a long way to go a year into his tenure Read more »

Steven Gerrard backs loan star Philippe Coutinho to lift the levels of his Aston Villa team-mates and says the Brazilian has ALREADY improved record buy Emiliano Buendia just days after arriving from Barcelona

REPORT: Philippe Coutinho enjoys dream debut as he scores late Villa equaliserAston Villa boss Steven Gerrard thinks the Brazilian will elevate levels of othersIn the first few days together, Coutinho is said to have 'lifted' Emiliano BuendiaBuendia became Villa's record buy when he joined in the summer for £40million  Read more »

Pep Guardiola vows to push Kevin De Bruyne 'out of his comfort zone' because the Belgian can be even BETTER after his stunner squashed Chelsea's title hopes

Kevin De Bruyne's screamer sealed Man City's 1-0 victory over Chelsea The Belgian hasn't been quite his best this season but provided the key momentPep Guardiola knows De Bruyne has another level and is pushing to see it   Read more »

Everton made Norwich look like Brazil to seal Rafa Benitez's sacking as Vitaliy Mykolenko's nightmare debut raised questions of the Spaniard's sway after Lucas Digne departure

Norwich bagged their third win of the campaign over Everton, triumphing 2-1 The result sealed Rafa Benitez's sacking after a run of 13 games with one win Vitaliy Mykolenko had a rough debut as the replacement for Lucas Digne Everton's comical defending opened it up for Norwich in a damning display  Read more »

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Ali Sangare's HOWLER gifts Sierra Leone a last-gasp equaliser...while Serge Aurier is forced to finish Africa Cup of Nations game in goal as his team-mate is stretchered off!

Goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare made an error during their clash with Sierra LeoneAli Sangare dropped the ball in stoppage time after it was headed back to himAli Sangare also managed to injure himself, forcing Serge Aurier to go in goalIvory Coast lost their lead to draw the African Cup of Nations game on Sunday  Read more »

SPORTS AGENDA: Manchester United stars - and their opponents - shun 's***' packed lunches after matches at Old Trafford... while Manchester City are left unimpressed with Jim Beglin's 'Emptyhad' blunder in commentary

Packed lunches for both teams have largely been left untouched at Old TraffordEx-Liverpool star Jim Beglin was quick to semi-apologise for 'Emptyhad' remarkHeavyweight boxer Derek Chisora has exacted revenge on Simon Jordan Read more »

Northampton 20-24 Ulster: Visitors hold off late rally to spoil Courtney Lawes' big day and reach the Champions Cup last 16

Ulster held off a valiant Northampton to claim a bonus-point win on Saturday Saints sank to a sixth successive Euro defeat despite Courtney Lawes' effortsChris Boyd's side now must beat Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday to progress Read more »

Trainer Henry De Bromhead hails star novice Bob Olinger after seven-year-old recorded second success at Punchestown

Bob Olinger claimed an authoritative win in the Kildare Novices’ ChaseHe is now the evens favourite for the Turners Novices' Chase at Cheltenham Trainer Henry De Bromhead was encouraged by Bob Olinger’s slicker jumping  Read more »

Rafa Benitez releases emotional statement to Everton fans after Goodison Park sacking... as axed Toffee boss blames poor form on 'financial situation' and 'injuries'

Rafa Benitez has issued a statement to Everton fans following his sacking61-year-old has been fired as Everton manager after less than seven monthsEverton's defeat to Norwich on Saturday made it one win in 13 league gamesBenitez has claimed that the 'financial situation' made things 'even harder' Read more »

Olympics facing new row over trans-athletes as top medical experts warn guidelines are unfair on female athletes and undermine integrity of sport

IOC’s framework for transgender participation has been criticised by a group of  medical experts and leading sports health professionals They warn the are new guidelines not ‘scientific or medically based’ and are unfair on female athletesStatement will be published in the British Medical Journal Open Sport & Exercise Medicine on MondayBut human rights experts have hit back, describing the arguments proposed as outdated  Read more »

NASSER HUSSAIN: It's all too nice, this England team need some tough love after being thrashed by Australia.... they must ditch their Ashes fixation and focus on winning the next game

England coach Chris Silverwood looks vulnerable after so many mistakesCaptain Joe Root is as culpable after his decisions in Brisbane and AdelaideCoaches need to be brutally honest and give the players a kick up the backsideEngland always look far too far ahead and must focus on winning the next match Read more »

The honeymoon period is over for Eddie Howe after one win in 10 matches, but Newcastle fans are right to believe in the head coach - he now needs results to justify that support

Eddie Howe heard the first grumblings of discontent after draw with WatfordHome fans were frustrated after Joao Pedro scored a late equaliser on SaturdayFixtures against Brentford, Norwich and Watford have all passed without victory Read more »

Jurgen Klopp dealt fresh injury blow as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hobbles off with ankle problem after scoring in 3-0 win over Brentford - leaving Reds sweating on scan results with AFCON stars still away

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered an ankle injury late on against BrentfordMidfielder picked up a knock and was substituted during the 3-0 victoryEx-Arsenal player was covering Mo Salah's position whilst winger is at AFCONThe 28-year-old will undergo a scan on Monday to reveal severity of the injury  Read more »

Skip Bayless Is Freaking Out About The Cowboys Sunday

© Provided by The Spun Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard on the field. Cowboys super fan and FOX Sports provocateur Skip Bayless is already being very vocal on Twitter ... Read more »

Ancelotti: “My players have won so much, but remain so committed”

© Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images Real Madrid have won the 2021/22 Spanish Super Cup and Carlo Ancelotti is happy to have that winning feeling again. Asked if he ... Read more »

Jaguars HC candidate profile: Jim Caldwell

© Provided by Jaguars Wire USA TODAY Based on the names that Jacksonville has chosen to interview for its open head coaching job, there are more or less two potential ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic