New era beckons for Buttler

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: April 18 2014, 7:23 BST

Jos Buttler has set his sights on being part of England's 'new era'.

Jos Buttler: Wants to be part of England's 'new era'
Jos Buttler: Wants to be part of England's 'new era'

It seems certain that there will be major changes in the England team this summer following a dismal winter Ashes whitewash and the imminent appointment of a new coach to succeed Andy Flower.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Buttler looks to have already established himself in one-day and Twenty20 internationals for his country and now wants to press his claims for a role in the Test side with Matt Prior now seemingly out of favour and Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow injured.

The 23-year-old has demonstrated his commitment by joining Lancashire this season from Somerset, where there was major competition from Craig Kieswetter to don the wicketkeeping gloves.

And the big-hitting Taunton-born player also turned down the opportunity to potentially earn a lucrative contract in the Indian Premier League after choosing not to enter the auction.

"It was a difficult decision for me to leave Somerset as that is where I was born and bred," Buttler told sportinglife.com.

"But I had to think about my progress as a player. It's only a short career and I need to be keeping wicket all the time which I wasn't doing at Somerset.

"Lancashire are a massive county and I'm delighted to have joined them.

"As for the IPL, there's no guarantee you will get picked in the auction and there is no guarantee you will play if you are picked.

"I felt it was more important to play for Lancashire, work hard and put in some good performances for them.

"Obviously I want to play for England in all forms of the game. I haven't been taking too much notice of the coach situation, I just want to focus on trying to do well on the field for Lancashire.

"It does look as though there will be a new era for English cricket and there will be a lot of people sticking their hands up wanting to be part of it."

Buttler is set to play a key role for Lancashire in the newly branded NatWest T20 blast, which is going to be played mainly on Friday nights after extensive research of over 25,000 cricketing fans.

He admits that it will not be an easy task for players to switch focus from four-day County Championship to the crash-bang-wallop of Twenty20.

"I think playing the games on Friday nights is a great idea - big crowds, great atmospheres and hopefully good weather," said Buttler.

"We have a big squad at Lancashire and the aim is to be challenging for trophies across all formats.

"But the T20 is a very wide open competition and the teams who can adapt the best from four-day to 20/20 will be the ones who will do well.

"It's not an easy thing to do. You almost have to brainwash yourself and then it's also about getting in enough practice time.

"I do think T20 cricket is having an influence on one-day cricket in terms of unorthodox shots like the reverse sweep.

"And in the future I can certainly seeing it being more commonplace in Test matches as a batsman tries to dominate a bowler."

Jos Buttler was speaking ahead of the start of the NatWest T20 Blast season. Blast off is Friday, May 16 - tickets can be purchased from www.ecb.co.uk/natwestt20blast


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