Buttler ‘frustrated’ with English players for opting out of national duties


Jos Buttler has admitted to feeling frustrated at not being able to pick the best teams for England’s ODI assignments building up to their World Cup title defence later this year in India.
“The way the games are scheduled, I can sort of understand it both ways. As an England captain, on one side you wish that everyone would see playing for England as the main thing and grab any opportunity available,” Buttler told Cricbuzz.
The England captain acknowledged the reality of the situation: that many of these tournaments offered greater earning potential than an England gig does and therefore didn’t believe those players should be ostracised from the England setup in the future. “It’s quite a unique situation. It’s the time we are in,” Buttler said.
“But there are bigger things in play as well. The discrepancy between what people can earn playing for England and not playing for England is quite large, so that’s a factor that must be considered. For each individual that will be a different decision made at different times of their careers,” he said.
“In this day and age, you’ve got to try to work with it as best you can and if people make themselves unavailable, they know they’re giving someone else a chance. But I certainly don’t want to be in a position where you rule people out and say they’ll never play for England again, or anything like that.”