England’s preparations for the Ashes may have been disrupted by the inclement weather in Brisbane but wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said that the team won’t be using that as an excuse if they perform poorly in the first Test.

Buttler and his team mates from England’s T20 World Cup campaign finally emerged from quarantine and joined up with the rest of the Test squad on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

The Queensland rain might have thrown another spanner into the works by washing out the first day of an intra-squad match, but Buttler was phlegmatic about his lack of red-ball preparation ahead of next week’s first test in Brisbane.

“In this day and age, lots of us go between formats quite often. In the COVID era things have changed quite a lot as well, with quarantine rules making certain things a little bit trickier,” he told reporters.

“I do think it’s something that you just have to deal with as a modern player, to be able to walk into situations without having full preparation.

“No team should be using that as excuses, you can still turn up on that first day and play a really good Test match.”

Buttler also said that he is not thinking about the Omicron coronavirus and the effects it could have on the fifth Test of the series in Perth.

England’s players negotiated hard over the restrictions they would be playing under during the five tests around the country, particularly the right to bring their families with them to Australia, before they agreed to the tour.

“I find it tiring to talk about it when you don’t know,” he said.

“That’s not for me to worry about at the minute. There’s a week to go until the first Test here and all our energies are focused on that.”


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