No let-up from England - Buttler
Jos Buttler insists England will be going all out for victory in Sunday’s final one-day international against India, despite the series having been decided in their hosts’ favour.
A five-wicket defeat in Mohali left Alastair Cook’s side 3-1 down heading into the final match of their tour in Dharamsala.
Yet Buttler, who is set to feature in only his third ODI, does not believe that will have any effect on England’s approach to proceedings.
“It is another huge opportunity for everyone. Any time you play for England is a huge honour,” said the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.
“There is plenty to play for, individual pride and team pride. It’s always a huge game against India in their own backyard; we want to win.”
Buttler came into England’s team at Mohali at the expense of Somerset team-mate Craig Kieswetter, who has subsequently been left out of the limited-overs squads to tour New Zealand next month.
Although acknowledging the potential awkwardness of the situation, Buttler is sure he will continue to enjoy a healthy relationship with his friend and county colleague.
“It is a bit tricky, because Craig and I are good friends and have been for a number of years. I actually made my Somerset debut because Craig was away with England." he said.
“I don't think this will change that; this is the world of professional sport and there's only 11 spaces in the England side that a lot of people want.
“My opportunity has come from the demise of a friend and that's not ideal, when your mate misses out, but it's a huge opportunity for me and one that I want to take.”
Having attracted attention as one of the most exciting and innovative batsmen in the county game, Buttler is keen to show he is also more than capable with the gloves.
“My keeping is still a work in progress, but I think that will improve as time goes on, especially with the amount of work I'm putting into it,” he explained.
“I came into the squad in place of (the rested) Jonathan Trott so I thought batting was the way I would come into the side.
“I didn't really see wicketkeeping coming, but I've been working hard on it before Christmas and also on this trip with (England wicketkeeping coach) Bruce French. It's something I think I'm developing and something I think can become a strength of mine.
“The other strength of my game is trying to be destructive at the end of the innings. It's something I have done for Somerset in the last couple of years and hopefully it's something I can bring into the international game.”
Dharamsala, the picturesque venue for this weekend’s match, is located at the foot of the Himalayan mountains, ensuring a setting somewhat different to the one many would associate with India.
"It's very different here; it has a ski chalet vibe to it,” Buttler added.
“It's a beautiful ground in a stunning setting and everyone is very excited to play. We are all looking forward to the game.”