England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will undergo a X-ray scan after he hurt his left hand in the Natwest T20 Blast match between Lancashire and Worcestershire. Buttler was the start of the match, hitting 57, which included four sixes and seven fours as the target of 199 was chased down easily by defending champions Lancashire. This was the fastest T20 Fifty for Lancashire, coming off just 20 deliveries. Buttler also scored an unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka for England at The Oval, which helped them win the one-off T20I and send the visitors home without a single win on this tour.
“I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a nasty knock. Once we get it X-rayed, we’ll know,” said Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles. “He did make a comment that he doesn’t use his top hand anyway,” Giles told BBC Radio Lancashire. “He played beautifully. He now opens the batting as well. What doesn’t he do?”
Buttler recently opened the batting for England against Sri Lanka in the T20I. He is also aiming to win back his Test spot, which he has not been a part of since England’s tour of UAE in 2015. In his absence, it is Jonathan Bairstow, who is keeping wickets. With Nick Compton’s indefinite break from cricket, we may see Buttler back in the England Test side in the near future, with Bairstow playing purely as a batsman.
England play a Test series against Pakistan beginning from July 14 at Lord’s. The match may mark the return of Mohammad Aamer, who last played a Test at the same venue before he was banned for spot-fixing. (Courtesy Cricket Country.com)