Jos Buttler to Miss England’s Third T20I Against Pakistan for Birth of Third Child, Eyes World Cup Participation

England’s T20I series against Pakistan has hit a snag with skipper Jos Buttler set to miss the third match due to the impending arrival of his third child. While this disrupts England’s short-term plans, it ensures Buttler’s presence for the crucial T20 World Cup campaign starting next week.

Buttler Prioritizes Family, Moeen Ali Steps Up as Captain

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Buttler, who led England to a 23-run victory in the second T20I at Edgbaston, has already travelled back to London to be with his wife Louise. He is unlikely to feature in the third match scheduled for Tuesday in Cardiff. There’s also uncertainty about his availability for the final match on Thursday, but he is expected to rejoin the squad for their T20 World Cup departure to the Caribbean on Friday.

Moeen Ali, England’s vice-captain, has downplayed the impact of the leadership change. “Hopefully, the baby comes at the right time where he doesn’t miss too many games,” said Ali. “For me, it’s just whatever will happen, will happen.” The duo’s open communication ensures a smooth transition, with Ali prepared to take the reins in Buttler’s absence.

Possible Changes to England’s Playing XI

Buttler’s absence necessitates changes to the batting line-up. The most likely scenario involves Will Jacks and Jonny Bairstow moving up a place each, with Ben Duckett potentially batting at No. 4. Alternatively, England might opt for a bowling all-rounder like Sam Curran to bolster their bowling attack.

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There’s also a chance for Duckett to directly replace Buttler at the top of the order, allowing England to test their preferred World Cup batting line-up. While Jacks impressed with a quickfire 37 off 23 balls at No. 3 in the previous match, he acknowledges the challenges of the new position. “It’s just a different scenario each time, which is more of a mental thing,” he said. “We’ll be ready for anything.”

England’s Bowling Options and Weather Concerns

Mark Wood, who bowled extensively before the second T20I with a heavily strapped knee, could return in Cardiff if England prioritizes caution with Jofra Archer’s fitness following his comeback. Tom Hartley might also get a chance to make his T20I debut before the World Cup.

The weather might put a damper on Tuesday’s match, but Jacks believes adapting to such situations is crucial in T20 cricket. “Preparation is not always ideal, but we have to be adaptable and T20 is all about thinking fast on your feet,” he said.

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England will have to navigate these short-term challenges while keeping their focus on the upcoming World Cup. Buttler’s return and a flexible approach will be key as they strive for T20 World Cup glory.

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England's T20I series against Pakistan has hit a snag with skipper Jos Buttler set to miss the third match due to the impending arrival of his third child. While this disrupts England's short-term plans, it ensures Buttler's presence for the crucial T20 World Cup campaign starting next week.

Buttler Prioritizes Family, Moeen Ali Steps Up as Captain

Buttler, who led England to a 23-run victory in the second T20I at Edgbaston, has already travelled back to London to be with his wife Louise. He is unlikely to feature in the third match scheduled for Tuesday in Cardiff. There's also uncertainty about his availability for the final match on Thursday, but he is expected to rejoin the squad for their T20 World Cup departure to the Caribbean on Friday.

Moeen Ali, England's vice-captain, has downplayed the impact of the leadership change. "Hopefully, the baby comes at the right time where he doesn't miss too many games," said Ali. "For me, it's just whatever will happen, will happen." The duo's open communication ensures a smooth transition, with Ali prepared to take the reins in Buttler's absence.

Possible Changes to England's Playing XI

Buttler's absence necessitates changes to the batting line-up. The most likely scenario involves Will Jacks and Jonny Bairstow moving up a place each, with Ben Duckett potentially batting at No. 4. Alternatively, England might opt for a bowling all-rounder like Sam Curran to bolster their bowling attack.

There's also a chance for Duckett to directly replace Buttler at the top of the order, allowing England to test their preferred World Cup batting line-up. While Jacks impressed with a quickfire 37 off 23 balls at No. 3 in the previous match, he acknowledges the challenges of the new position. "It's just a different scenario each time, which is more of a mental thing," he said. "We'll be ready for anything."

England's Bowling Options and Weather Concerns

Mark Wood, who bowled extensively before the second T20I with a heavily strapped knee, could return in Cardiff if England prioritizes caution with Jofra Archer's fitness following his comeback. Tom Hartley might also get a chance to make his T20I debut before the World Cup.

The weather might put a damper on Tuesday's match, but Jacks believes adapting to such situations is crucial in T20 cricket. "Preparation is not always ideal, but we have to be adaptable and T20 is all about thinking fast on your feet," he said.

England will have to navigate these short-term challenges while keeping their focus on the upcoming World Cup. Buttler's return and a flexible approach will be key as they strive for T20 World Cup glory.

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