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Is Jos Buttler the luxury England no longer can afford?
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Is Jos Buttler the luxury England no longer can afford?

The limited-over sensation, Jos Buttler, has become a little burden for England in the Test match arena. The 29-year struggled with the bat in hand during the Ashes 2019 and only managed to score 124 runs in the 8 innings he played.

 England’s keeper-batsman Jos Buttler

England’s keeper-batsman Jos Buttler

Not only Buttler, but the whole English batting line-up faced music against the quality Australian bowling line-up. This has raised some serious concerns for the English management. Can they afford two keepers in the side? Is Jos Buttler a suitable option for England at the lower-order in Tests?

Well the questions become easy to solve if Buttler delivers in the red-ball format. His style of play and technique are ideal for the limited-over formats but when it comes to the longer format of the game, temperament, skills, and technique are the key factors to survive. 

England might have to stick with one keeper (either Jonny Bairstow or Jos Buttler) and chip in with a subtler player in the batting order. Buttler is probably one of the key players England have in the circuit, but he is the luxury they might not be able to afford in the Test-match arena.