Jos Buttler is forced to fly to the UK from England’s tour of Australia, after sustaining a broken finger that damaged his performance in the drawn fourth Test at Sydney.
Buttler suffered the injury while keeping on the second day at the SCG, and struggled to hold the bat at the crease while making a duck in England’s first innings.
He was replaced behind the wickets by Ollie Pope, who equalled the record for a substitute fielder with four catches in Australia’s second innings. Buttler put up a fight however for England’s rearguard on the final day, making 11 from 38 balls before being trapped lbw by Pat Cummins, armed with the new ball.
The injury nevertheless finishes a desperate campaign for Buttler, who totaled 107 runs at 15.28 across the four Tests, with his most valuable contribution being an innings of 26 from 207 balls in England’s failed attempt to save the second Test at Adelaide. Butler looked good on the crease during his complete-time at the crease in that innings, before dismissing himself in a bizarre fashion with hit-wicket.
“Jos Buttler is going to be going home, it’s quite a bad injury,” Joe Root, England’s captain, said at the post-match presentations. “It’s a real disappointing shame for him and for the team. But it’s part and parcel of playing Test cricket. Sometimes you’ve got to take these things, but the way he stood up throughout the rest of the game, having taken that, and put in for the boys is a testament to his character and how much he cares about playing for this team.”
“A lot of the guys could see a number of players hurting physically and still putting in a huge amount, and in many ways it lifted the rest of the group,” Root said. “I’m really proud of the way that they stood up at times, clearly in a lot of pain to produce for England. Root could not yet make a final statement on whether Stokes or Bairstow will be involved in Hobart, with both players set for further assessment in the coming days, but he was proud of the character that England’s walking wounded exhibited.
“There was clearly a bit of pain relief required. It’s not just that, but also the psychological element. For them to perform the way they did shows a huge amount of character.”
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