Jos Buttler to miss 3rd T20I against Australia, leaves bio-bubble to be with family

Written by Sumit Seth

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has left the bio-bubble in Southampton to be with his family. Buttler will miss the 3rd T20I against Australia, scheduled for September 8 at the Ageas Bowl.

Jos Buttler is expected to return to the squad ahead of the 3-match ODI series, starting September 11 in Manchester. Buttler’s return is subject to him clearing the mandatory Covid-19 tests.

“England batsman Jos Buttler left the bio-secure bubble yesterday evening following the team’s victory over Australia to be with his family. Buttler, subject to testing, will return to the bio-secure bubble on Thursday ahead of the first ODI of the Royal London Series at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

After hitting a match-winning 44 off just 29 balls in the 1st T20I, Buttler anchored England’s chase in the 2nd match on Sunday in Southampton. Buttler hit 77 not out from 54 balls and carried his bat as England gunned down a tricky 158-run target in the penultimate over of their chase.

“When Jos Buttler is in the form he is, he’s one of the best players in the world,” England skipper Eoin Morgan told BBC on Sunday.

“Australia actually bowled and fielded well today, but there are some batsmen in the world who can take the game away from you and Jos is one of those.”

Australia fast bowler also had words of praise for Buttler who held his nerve and played the finisher’s role to perfection on Sunday in the 2nd T20I.

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