Jos Buttler has two test games to save his career
Darren Gough has stated that Jos Buttler, despite being an icon in English cricket, has wasted too many opportunities in Test cricket and has only two tests games to save his career. Gough also added that Jofra Archer and Mark Wood should rotate for the rest of the series against Windies.
A form streak with the bat in the red-ball format before the series against Windies did not deter Jos Buttler from taking charge of Test side maintenance as he even donned the England vice captain’s armband in the first Test against the West Indies in Southampton. The first test was more or less a litmus test for the talisman hitter ODI, who was only able to score 44 total runs in two innings. His constant failures to help the team have earned him many bricks from fans and former cricketers, and the last to join the hitting party is former Englishman, Darren Gough.
“Buttler has two test games to save his career, for me.” He is an excellent talent, many children admire him and he has all the possibilities. But, in Test cricket, you can’t keep going out and that’s what he keeps doing, “Gough told Sky Sports Cricket.
The main topic of conversation in the first Test was Stuart Broad’s omission from the lineup even though the pacemaker had form and reputation in its wake. While the decision was mainly pushed to accommodate Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, given the Ashes of 2021 in Australia, it was somewhat counterproductive. Gough stated that Archer and Wood should be rotated for the remainder of the series, while Broad and Woakes should be part of the team.
“I think Broad will be back. He would rest Wood and Anderson at Old Trafford and bring Broad and Woakes. That would be my plan so, with consecutive test matches, you bring back Anderson and Wood (for the third test). I’ve said from the beginning: rotate Archer and Wood.
“We got carried away a little bit, seeing Wood bowl really fast in South Africa. We have seen Archer do it, but it is very difficult to do it in every game. Broad, Woakes, and Anderson are the three trustworthy, while Archer and Wood will leave the opposition behind in their day. Choose the right player, for the right conditions, and don’t get too cowardly with the selection. Stick to the plan and England will return in this series of tests, ”he said.