England can win the T20 World Cup this year despite the absence of talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and fast bowler Jofra Archer. Buttler said that despite the absence of the star players, England still have match winners in their lineup.
Coach Chris Silverwood named batter Liam Livingstone and fast bowler Tymal Mills as the replacements in the England squad for the World Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17.
“We are certainly one of the favourites, we are a brilliant team,” Buttler said on Saturday. “I know we’re going to be missing Ben and Jofra, two superstars, but you still look down that list and there’s some real match-winners in our side,” said Buttler, according to Reuters.
“Liam Livingstone, with the way his game was 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… coming back is a fantastic story for him. He has that left-arm angle, that extreme pace and he’s got a pretty good slower ball as well so he is a great guy to have in your squad who can pose a lot of problems,” said Buttler.
Led by captain Eoin Morgan, they take on West Indies in the opening match of this year’s World Cup on October 23 in Dubai.