We can even win it without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer! England’s Jos Buttler insists they should be considered one of the T20 World Cup favorites despite not having two ‘superstars’ as Eoin Morgan’s squad flies to the UAE
- England heads to the United Arab Emirates for the T20 World Cup
- Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were absent from the 15-man pre-selection
- All-rounder Stokes takes ‘indefinite break’ to prioritize mental health
- Fast bowler Archer misses World Cup and Ashes with elbow injury
- But Jos Buttler still thinks England is one of the favorites
- Eoin Morgan’s side is 50-over world champion and wants to do the Double
Jos Buttler believes England’s great white-ball talent means they should still be counted among the favorites of the T20 World Cup despite the absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
Talisman all-rounder Stokes was not named in the 15-man squad for this month’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates, as his ‘indefinite break’ from cricket to help his mental well-being continue.
Fast bowler Archer, meanwhile, will miss both this winter’s World Cup and Ashes tour of Australia after sustaining a stress fracture to his right elbow.
Jos Buttler is confident England can win the T20 World Cup despite the lack of key personnel
Ben Stokes (above) and Jofra Archer, both heroes of England’s 50-over World Cup win in 2019, will miss the T20 version which kicks off in the UAE this month
But Buttler is still confident England can add the 20-over World Cup to the 50-over version so dramatically won in 2019.
“We are definitely one of the favourites, we are a brilliant team,” he said.
“I know we’re going to miss Ben and Jofra, two superstars, but if you still look at that list, there are some real match winners by our side.
“Liam Livingstone, with the way he played in those T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and The Hundred, he will go into the World Cup with fantastic confidence.
“And seeing Tymal Mills back at work – we’ve seen him in an England shirt for a while before and coming back is a fantastic story for him.
“He’s got that left arm hook, that extreme pace and he’s got a pretty good slower ball too, so he’s a great guy to have on your team who can cause a lot of trouble.”
Buttler scored half a century in the T20 series against Pakistan earlier this year
The free-hitting opener was in good shape this year ahead of the T20 World Cup in the UAE
Lancashire’s Livingstone returned to England after a four-year absence and made himself into the World Cup squad, memorably scoring a 42-ball hundred in a losing case against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
Mills, who has not been in the international set-up since 2017, performed well for Sussex as they reached T20 Finals Day and helped Southern Brave win the men’s title at The Hundred.
The last time England tasted a T20 World Cup ended in heartbreak when Carlos Brathwaite crushed Stokes for four straight sixs in the final to take the win for the West Indies.
But Buttler says those painful memories of 2016 have been erased by the dramatic way of their 2019 win over New Zealand at Lord’s, when he removed bail to beat Martin Guptill in a superover.
Liam Livingstone, seen in action for Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred, has earned himself a place in England’s World Cup squad with some impressive strokes
Tymal Mills also returned to England after an encouraging summer for Sussex
“It just goes to show that no matter how you cross the line, that’s all you have to do,” he said.
“It was an incredibly unique finale and looking back at the swings in both directions and the elements of luck involved, it was quite amazing.
“But knowing you can win like that is a huge bonus to have and gives confidence to the team.
“We are in a new environment with a new team and different competition, so we have to concentrate fully on the work. But we can fall back on those experiences.’
Buttler beats New Zealand’s Martin Guptill as England won the 50-over World Cup in 2019
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