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England vs India 2021 – Jos Buttler’s Test career isn’t over

England vs India 2021 - Jos Buttler's Test career isn't over

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Joe Root has insisted Jos Buttler‘s Test career is not over, despite him missing the fourth LV= Insurance Test at the Kia Oval.

Buttler is unavailable for the match as he awaits the birth of his second child with no decision currently made over whether he will be able to return for the final Test at Emirates Old Trafford. With Buttler one of those players who has expressed reservations about going on the Ashes tour in the current circumstances – he is understandably reluctant to either be without his family or put them through a hard quarantine – there has been some speculation that Buttler’s future could be entirely in the white-ball game. But Root, at least, believes there is more from Buttler to come in Test cricket.

“I don’t see this being the end of Jos’ Test career at all,” Root said. “I see someone that is desperate to perform well in the Test arena.

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“I think he loves the Test game and he’s a big part of our team. As far as I’m concerned I hope it’s a really memorable week for him and it will be great whenever he is available to play again.

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