England comes into this Ashes series as underdogs, but wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler believes they’ve got nothing to lose.
They’ll be looking to regain the Ashes for the first time since 2015. The last two times they’ve been here though they’ve lost nine games and drawn one.
However, Buttler said that he believes that despite going in against heavy odds, they’ve still got nothing to lose.
“Nothing much really changes from the way we need to approach the game, but certainly we’ve got nothing to lose, but that doesn’t mean that we accept losing,” Buttler said.
“We want to play well, we want to get a result out of this.”
England has named a 12-man squad for the first test with 39-year-old veteran Jimmy Anderson ruled out of the first test. Ollie Pope will bat at number 6, selected over Jonny Bairstow.
Buttler added that whilst Anderson will miss out, he is still fit and ready to go.
“It’s obviously a very long series and we want a guy like that to be available to play as much part in it as possible, so I think it’s just a bit precautionary,” he said.
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Stuart Broad has also made the squad despite murmurs he might not play. Buttler added he’s still partially recovering from an injury obtained at the end of the English summer.
“Again bowled well in the nets yesterday, faced him in the nets and he looks pretty good.”
He believes the squad is also filled with fantastic performers, including Broad and Anderson, who he believes will play big roles in this series.
“We’re confident, that’s why the guys are here, that’s why the selectors have picked this squad…Whichever XI we take we’ll be very confident.
The series starts off at the Gabba, a ground which England has not won since 1986. However, Buttler is confident they might pull off a win in Brisbane like the Indians did last summer.
“We know to be able to do that we’re gonna have to perform close to our best.”
“As a side, we focus a lot on ourselves, the [Australian’s] are a fantastic team, but we know if we bring our A-game we’re gonna do very well.”
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