England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler admitted on Saturday that staying in the bio-bubbling is really challenging for the players as it also affects their performance drastically.
The England touring party arrived in Chennai on Saturday for their four-match Test series against India. After the completion of their Test series, the teams will then lock horns in three ODIs and five T20Is.
Jos Buttler will play in the first Test but will then be unavailable for the remaining Tests as he will return home. The wicket-keeper will then return for the ODI series.
“It is certainly a challenge, it is hard to say that the situation is quite difficult as there are some people in the world who are in a tough situation at the moment looking at the pandemic and lockdown, we are very fortunate to play cricket and do what we love, but having said that, it is quite challenging to spend time away from our families, having your family locked up in hotels can be quite difficult,” Butler said in a virtual press conference on Saturday ahead of the first Test on February 5.
“ECB has been forward-thinking to rotate the players in and out of this series, at times there is frustration because you want to see the best players on show all the time, but it is just not possible looking at the time spent in the bubble. Looking at the short term goals is important, there is no certainty if you look too far ahead,” he added.
Speaking on the X-factor of the team, Buttler said that it would be pacer Jofra Archer. Archer played a brilliant game against the Sri Lanka team in their last Test series.
“Jofra Archer is certainly an X-factor player, it is fantastic to have Jofra back into the side, he would be excited to do well in this series. We have a few guys who can do quite amazing things with the ball. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are two of the best to play this game, Jofra is a huge X-factor and Ben Stokes is a pretty good X-factor player as well.”
The first Test between the two teams will commence on February 5 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The first two Tests will be played in Chennai after which the teams will travel to Ahmedabad for their third and fourth Test matches.