Jos Buttler returned from a calf injury as England look to level up the three-game T20 series against Pakistan; Paul Collignwood doesn’t care about Eoin Morgan’s form and says the loss at the Trent Bridge racing festival will help the team heading into the T20 World Cup; watch the second T20 starting at 2 pm, Sunday
Jos Buttler to return from injury when England face Pakistan in second of three T20 internationals
Jos Buttler will return to England for the second T20 international match against Pakistan on Sunday after recovering from a calf injury.
Buttler has not played since the first T20 against Sri Lanka on June 23, but will regain his place at the top of the standings at Emerald Headingley as England look to level the three-game series against Pakistan at 1-1 after losing a run. at Trent Bridge on Friday night, with Liam Livingstone’s 42-ball century, an England record, coming to no avail.
Paul Collingwood, who is taking over as England’s head coach with Chris Silverwoood taking a break, said there could be other changes in Leeds as the team looks to provide opportunities ahead of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. later this year.
Collingwood also hinted that Matt Parkinson could retain his spot, as the 24-year-old had a shot at Nottingham with head spinner Adil Rashid rested.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Collingwood said: “We have Jos back in shape and he’s ready to go so he’s going back to the side.”
“It will be good to see Jos back in the ranks. He has experience and we all know what he can do at the top of the order.”
“We are desperate to win the games, but at the same time it is being experimented because we have to give the guys opportunities, it’s as simple as that.”
“There are not many games before the T20 World Cup and we want to make sure that all the positions of the team are covered and we understand what all the players who support the other players can do.
“It is important to give Parky [Parkinson] a good chance. He has traveled with us for long periods and has not played much cricket and we have to see what he is like in every situation. Adil will return to the frame, but it is still important to see what Parky can do.
“He’s off to a good start on the one-day series [which England won 3-0] and he throws very well, but T20 is a completely different game where they put you under the pressure of the first ball. “
Collingwood played down concerns about Jonny Bairstow’s physical condition after the goalkeeper was hit on the finger while trying to catch him in the series opener.
The former England hitter is also not worried about Eoin Morgan’s hitting form despite the captain passing 20 just once in his last 11 T20 international hits.
Collingwood said: “Jonny has a bit of bruising on his finger, but he seems fine. Everyone is fit and really looking forward to going.”
On Morgan, who has hit mostly No. 5 or No. 6 during his tight career, Collingwood added: “We all know what Morgan can do. He can play an inning as well as Livingstone did.
“Sometimes in T20 cricket it takes a shot to start running. I don’t care about Eoin’s form and what I do know about him is that he won’t die wondering.
“He will not eat balls. He will go out, try to set limits and try to recover that way.”
England lost to Pakistan by 31 runs in the first game of the series, with 201 in 19.2 overs, as they responded to the huge tourist total of 232-6.
Collingwood says his team was “nowhere near their best” at Trent Bridge, but says the game will help them get into the T20 World Cup.
“The World Cups are not easy. There are many destructive teams and that is where this type of game, against a strong team from Pakistan, will help us build a team and build experiences that we can draw on in the knockout stages of the World Cups. “said Collingwood, who was England’s captain to the T20 World Cup title in the Caribbean in 2010.
“We didn’t play our best game, we weren’t anywhere near our best, but we still gave ourselves a chance to win, so I hope the experience sharpens us.”
“It cannot be too harsh, since most of that side have been in 10 days of isolation, but there are no excuses for the future.”
Watch the second international T20 match between England and Pakistan live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 2pm on Sunday.