Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler was excluded from the remainder of the English white ball series against Sri Lanka. The ECB confirmed that the 30-year-old sustained an injury to his right calf when England won the first T20I at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Jos Buttler had an MRI on Thursday which showed a small tear. The ECB’s official statement on the matter said that at the end of the game, in which he scored an unbeaten half-century, the attacking batsman felt a tightness and discomfort.
Jos Buttler will now return home and begin his rehabilitation program. Dawid Malan will replace Buttler in the English ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka.
England won the T20I series of three games 2-0 with a five-wicket win over the Lankers on Thursday. Sri Lanka won the throw and hit first but only managed to post 111 for 7 on the board. Kusal Mendis achieved the highest score for the Lanker with 39. For England, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid each claimed two wickets.
England lost five wickets in their hunt but managed to beat the revised D / L target of 103 of 18 overs in 17th over. Sam Billings (24), Liam Livingstone (29 not eliminated) and Sam Curran (16 not eliminated) played hands-on cameos. Wanindu Hasaranga (2/20) was Sri Lanka’s best bowler.
Jos Buttler was the man of the game in England’s dominant win in the 1st T20I
While missing the second T20I against Sri Lanka with a right calf injury, Jos Buttler starred in England’s eight-wicket triumph in the series’ first T20I. He scored an unbeaten 68 from 55 balls, hit eight fours and a six when England pursued a goal of 130 in 17.1 overs.
Jos Buttler and his opener colleague Jason Roy (36) put England on course for victory in the first T20I with 80 people.
In the run-up to the Sri Lanka series, Jos Buttler made a strong statement when he assured that in the event of a clash between the two, national duty would take precedence over the Indian Premier League (IPL). The wicketkeeper batsman, who is an integral part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, was quoted as telling the BBC:
“Usually the IPL doesn’t collide with any international cricket. If it collides, England will likely prevail.”
Meanwhile, England will face Sri Lanka in the third T20I in Southampton on Saturday. The teams will then face each other in three ODIs, starting with the first game in Chester-le-Street on June 29th.