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Jos Buttler EXCLUSIVE: England star needed time away from the game after World Cup triumph to prepare for Ashes series

Jos Buttler needed a break after an emotionally draining World Cup to be ready for the Ashes.

The 28-year-old helped England win the tournament in a thrilling final against New Zealand that went down to a super over.

They played 11 matches in total over a six week period and had little time before Test matches started.

Jos Buttler lifts the World Cup trophy

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Jos Buttler lifts the World Cup trophy

A number of England’s stars, including Buttler, chose to sit out the Test match with Ireland in order to rest for the Ashes series.

The first Test starts on Thursday at Edgbaston with several players set to return following the win over Ireland.

Jos Buttler celebrates after beating New Zealand in the World Cup final

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Jos Buttler celebrates after beating New Zealand in the World Cup final

Buttler told talkSPORT: “Emotionally a lot went into the World Cup. We have been very invested over these last four years.

“We know what a big moment it was in the game. We had some struggles in the group stages as well and that takes a lot of your energy.

“I think it’s more mentally trying to let everything sink in. Certain individuals deal with it differently but certainly for me I felt like a bit of time away from the game would be beneficial.”

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had a vital partnership for England in the final

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Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had a vital partnership for England in the final


Buttler has not played a red ball match since February in the final match of the series in the West Indies.

Since then he has played in the IPL and World Cup but has backed himself to adapt quickly to the different format.

He managed to do the same last year when he was a surprise inclusion for the series against Pakistan and India.

“The big thing for me last year was that I was playing some of the best cricket I’d ever played in the IPL and I just came in full of confidence.

“I managed to carry that in and I think this year I have to try and remember those experiences I had as I hadn’t played any red ball cricket for quite a long time.

“I was able to come in and play okay. I have to try and think about it in the same way this year. It has been white ball dominant for the last four or five months so I will now try and switch to the red ball stuff.”

Jason Roy made his Test debut against Ireland

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Jason Roy made his Test debut against Ireland

Buttler has also backed Jason Roy and Jofra Archer to make an impact on the side during the Ashes.

Roy made his debut against Ireland while Archer was named in the squad for the first Test.

Buttler said: “He (Roy) is obviously coming into it in the form of his life and has shown he is the right sort of man for international cricket.

“For Jason it is about going out and playing his way and trusting it. He is definitely good enough so I’m very excited to watch him play.

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“His (Archer) talent is undoubted. He’s one of the most exciting fast bowlers in the world already and he’s only played a handful of internationals.

“He’s fitted into the group great and has obviously played county cricket for a number of years.

“Myself and Stokesy played with his at the Rajasthan Royals so there were friendships formed already.”

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