Buttler says England need to be ready to play at drop of a hat

Jos Buttler has told his England team-mates to put away their search for perfection and get ready to play international cricket without a warm-up. Buttler reckons the new normal will take some getting used to, with limited preparation, matches without fans and even being in quarantine ahead of the game all a likely possibility. But the World Cup winner believes it’s important for players to be open to the unusual circumstances in order for the game to return on TV whenever it is safe to do so. “But I’m sure people will listen to the expert advice as much as they can and I know the ECB are very aware of that with safety paramount.” And yet while sport has very much been put into perspective by the crisis, it will still have a major role to play in lifting the nation after lockdown. Buttler added: “Some people will be missing the arts and things like live music, but for me and so many others, the return of sport will give us a huge lift when it is safe to do so.” Buttler auctioned off his shirt for a whopping £65,100 and couldn’t be happier with what the money will provide the NHS hospital where his wife Louise’s aunt works as the head of paediatrics. “The money is going across to the hospital charity next week and they’ve been in touch to tell us that they are going to buy 40 new ventilators with it which is fantastic news,” said Buttler, who beat former rugby star Nick Easter 4-0 in his first game of the FIFA20 tournament.