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England are expecting the final Test to go ahead: Buttler

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September 09, 2021 20:33 IST
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IMAGE: Jos Buttler during England nets ahead of the 5th and final Test match against India at Old Trafford. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England vice-captain Jos Buttler on Thursday said he expects the fifth and final Test against India to proceed as scheduled despite a fresh COVID-19 case in the visiting camp.

England need to win the final Test, starting Friday, but fresh concerns arose when the Indian team's junior physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for the virus on the eve of the match, resulting in cancellation of the side's practice session.

Their head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun have also contracted the infection and are in isolation in London.

"I don't know too much, to be honest, at the moment. At present we are expecting the game to go ahead. Things are all fine in our camp. We are looking forward to the game," Buttler said during a media interaction when asked about the latest development.

Buttler, who was on paternity leave during the Oval Test, said his team is all fired up to square the series, which India leads 2-1 at present.

"It was a fantastic Test match (at the Oval). The Indians played brilliant cricket. We want to win this Test match and level the series. The spirits are high in the side, it's a must win game for us," he said.

There is speculation that England pace spearhead James Anderson might be rested for the game but Buttler hinted otherwise.

"He has bowled fantastically well in the series. Jimmy is incredibly fit. He has looked after himself very well. He looks exactly the same (as was in first match) and is available for selection," he said.

Talking about the wicket, Buttler said, "Pretty good wicket, looks a bit dry. There could be spin later on. We played against the West Indies and Pakistan so we know the conditions pretty well."

Earlier in the day, England announced their World Cup squad which will be without star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Buttler is vice captain and he said they have a good bunch of players for the tournament.

"There is strength and depth. The white ball squad is fantastic. We have some brilliant players and match-winners. We are excited for that challenge and will try to do the maximum."

It has also been reported that when England will travel to Ashes later in the year, the players may not be allowed to take their families along. Asked about this, Buttler said the players will take a decision on the matter only when they have more clarity.

In the current situation we are waiting for more information to make any decisions. All guys are waiting for more clarity in (next) two weeks," he said.

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