Bristol, July 5 (IANS) England are not in a hurry to get Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler back in the squad, says captain Eoin Morgan.
Stokes broke his left index finger while playing against the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL in April and spent many weeks recovering from surgery before returning to Durham in the T20 Blast last month. He is currently playing for Durham in the County Championship.
Buttler started with an unbeaten 68 in England’s first T20I win against Sri Lanka. But missed the next two games with a calf year, and is also unavailable for the upcoming ODIs against Pakistan.
It’s understandable why England are not in a hurry with the duo’s comeback. Following the white ball matches against Pakistan, England have five Tests against India in August followed by the T20 World Cup and a trip to Australia for the ashes.
“There is always a fine balance between looking at the here-and-now and planning for the T20 World Cup. Also considering that the two guys are full-size players, so they are likely to go under and play in the ashes as well, ”Morgan said at the press conference after the match after the third ODI against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. “It can be hard at times to try to balance it out with trying to get the best team out, but I think at the moment we are spoiled for choice.”
Morgan spoke about the development of the duo towards fitness.
“The last thing we want to do is hurry someone back and jump with the intensity level from county cricket to international, when there is not necessarily a need for it. We are happy for Ben to move on as he sees fit, and of course we also have an eye on the test series, ”he said.
Morgan added, “From what I hear, calves can be quite temperamental – it just depends on how he [Buttler] feels. In a similar case as Ben, the priority would not be to get him back as soon as possible if there is a 50-50 chance. I know he developed his race a few days ago and feels good, but things can change. ”
England begin their series against Pakistan with the first ODI on July 8 in Cardiff.
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