Buttler developing Indian taste
Somerset’s Jos Buttler is determined to use his knowledge of Indian conditions to his advantage as he returns to the sub-continent with the England Performance Programme.
Fresh from completing a three-week training programme at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, Buttler is part of the EPP’s batting, wicketkeeping and spin bowling departments, accompanied by a host of senior players, that travel to Pune tomorrow to continue their development.
The 21-year-old, who was part of England’s Twenty20 squad in India last month, believes players have to familiarise themselves with sub-continental conditions early if they are to succeed.
“I’ve been to India a couple of times, it’s very different to here,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“It’s somewhere where there is a lot of cricket played so you need to be able to adapt to those conditions and the more exposure we get, can only aid us. It’s going to be good to go back out there and hopefully develop my game.
“It’s very different but naturally you adapt as best as you can when you get there.
“That’s the skill as a cricketer, you have to adapt to the conditions as quickly as you can. It’s very different, wickets are slower and lower and you have to adapt to that.
“It’s different but that’s what you’re faced with and that’s what you have to deal with."
Buttler, a wicketkeeper-batsman by trade, has been used predominantly as a batsman during his short spell with Andy Flower’s senior side, but is relishing the opportunity to work on all aspects of his game in the sub-continent.
“I think this will be a really good experience,” he said.
“Bruce French will be there to work on my wicketkeeping and I am looking forward to working with Graham Thorpe on my batting. With the timescale of it, I have time to dedicate and improve as a cricketer, which will be really good.”
Despite having an eye on the England senior and Lions squads that are announced next month, Buttler is fully focussed on improving his game with the EPP.
“Those squads are announced in the near future, fingers crossed for those,” he added.
“I’m just looking forward to this India trip and working on my game.”