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Jos Buttler eyes England World Cup double after “incredibly unique” 2019 triumph

Jos Buttler played a key role in England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup win and he is hoping to do the double at the upcoming T20 World Cup

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Jos Buttler is eyeing a second World Cup triumph this year, having played a key part in England‘s 2019 World Cup final win.

Buttler shared an invaluable 110-run partnership with Ben Stokes in England’s dramatic super over win against New Zealand and the wicketkeeper-batsman is keen to add the T20 World Cup to his collection.

Buttler will be England’s vice-captain at the tournament and he believes the side’s success in the 50-over format will stand them in good stead.

Speaking at an event at Sixes Cricket Club, where he was unveiled as the official ambassador of Booking.com ‘s sponsorship of the ICC T20 World Cup, Buttler said: “If anything, it just shows however you do get over the line, that is what you need to do.



Jos Buttler played a key role in England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup win and he is hoping to do the double at the upcoming T20 World Cup
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“It was an incredibly unique final and I look back at the swings both ways and the elements of luck involved, it was quite amazing. But knowing you can win is a huge bonus to have and that gives confidence in the team.

“Of course it is a different format and time has moved on so you take what you can from it but we’re in a new environment and a new team and a different competition, so we must be fully focused on the job at hand and be very present in that. But we can fall back on those experiences.

“It’s great to have been able to taste that success and it just fuels your desire to get more of it.

“That elation and those few moments are fantastic and you want to create those memories, you play the game to try and win trophies and World Cups.









“It’s the biggest prize we’ve got in the T20 format and it’s what we’re all desperate to try and achieve.”

However, the cancellation of England’s tour to Pakistan means they will not have played a competitive T20I in over three months when their World Cup campaign begins.

When asked if there were any concerns that England could be undercooked heading into the tournament, Buttler replied: “I don’t think so.

“There are a number of guys playing cricket in the IPL at the moment in those exact conditions for the World Cup. They will be perfectly match ready.



Jos Buttler takes part in a batting challenge at Sixes Social Cricket ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to mark his appointment as ambassador for Booking.com
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“The guys coming from the UK I think we have a long enough build-up to get up to speed and I think that experience again counts for a lot.

“I think a lot of us have played cricket in the UAE, we know what to expect from the conditions, played in an IPL there not so long ago and a T20 tournament there recently and personally, being that bit older with more games under your belt, you feel more at ease.”

Buttler also outlined what he expects from the conditions in the UAE, adding: “It will be a bit of a mixed bag to be honest.

“I think there will be some excellent wickets and at times there may be a few used wickets, especially with the IPL going ahead before the T20 World Cup.









“Spin always plays a big part in T20 cricket and I think we can expect it to [in the UAE] as well.

“I think the grounds are all a little bit different, Sharjah can certainly throw up some quite amazing cricket. It’s a small venue so it’s a bit wicket dependent there, but we could have some incredibly high scores at that ground.

“Like I said before, lots of guys have played at those grounds and know a little bit of what to expect. But at the same time, on the day you have to be in the right space and play well.”

Booking.com is the official accommodation booking partner of the ICC T20 World Cup, which takes place from 17 October – 14 November.




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