England star Buttler to miss final T20 against Australia

By Liam Blackburn 7 September 2020 3
England star Buttler to miss final T20 against Australia

Jos Buttler will miss England's final Twenty20 against Australia on Tuesday having left the team's bio-secure bubble to be with his family.

England wrapped up the best-of-three series with a game to spare on Sunday when Buttler bludgeoned an unbeaten 77 off 54 balls to guide his team home with seven balls remaining.

Buttler also made 44 in the first game but there will be a new name at the top of England's order for the final T20 in Southampton, while Jonny Bairstow will be expected to take the gloves in the field. 

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed Buttler is due to return for the three-match one-day series against Australia, which starts at Old Trafford on Friday, subject to testing.

Dawid Malan, who followed up his 66 in the first T20 with another 42 on Sunday, said he is set to remain at three in the batting order meaning Tom Banton is likely to be promoted to open with Bairstow.

While Buttler's heroics on Sunday took the headlines, Malan made another vital contribution.

In 15 T20s for England, he averages 50.84 – marginally more than Virat Kohli, who has the highest average of all-time among batsmen with at least 20 innings.

Despite that, the 33-year-old Malan – who is not centrally contracted by the ECB – still does not see himself as an established member of the England side ahead of the T20 World Cup next year.

"I don't think I'm anywhere near as good as Virat Kohli and those guys, even though the numbers are suggesting that. Maybe if I'd played 50 games I could be compared to some extent," he told reporters.

"All I can do is score runs, that's as simple as it is. If I keep scoring runs at the rate I'm scoring at, hopefully it will make it hard for them to ignore what I'm doing and I can somehow find a way into that starting XI.

"It's been tough [to break into the team]. We all know how good the players are that hold those positions. Their records over the last four or five years have been fantastic so for anyone to break in you have to be extremely consistent and win games of cricket for England.

"Hopefully I've ticked a few boxes that Eoin [Morgan], the selectors and coaches want. Hopefully I can keep building on this if I keep getting opportunities.

"I'm obviously aware that guys like Jason [Roy] and Stokesy [Ben Stokes] will still come back in at some point. It's my job to score as many runs as I can in the opportunities that I get to put pressure on them."

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