England’s wicket keeping sensation Jos Buttler has emphasised the importance of having a mental break away from the game after a hectic summer in the limelight.
The 24-year-old enjoyed the most successful season of his career after forcing his way into the England Test side as he ended the summer as the country’s top glovesman in all three formats, just months after a career changing switch of counties.
At the end of 2013, Buttler made the decision to leave Somerset CCC so he could keep wicket on a regular basis on the county circuit which was proving difficult at his home county due to the form of Craig Kieswetter.
Manchester was to be his destination as he signed for Lancashire where he was guaranteed to be first choice behind the stumps under the tutelage of Peter Moores, a former wicketkeeper himself. Things didn’t originally go to plan after Moores was offered the top job with the England cricket team.
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However, just a few months later when Matt Prior pulled outof the third Test Match against India it was Buttler who benefited with a call-up to completely justify his decision to switch counties and focus on his keeping.
His debut couldn’t have gone much better by scoring 85 runs at more than a run a ball and taking six catches which contributed to a huge 266 run victory to level the series 1-1.
The inventive right-handed batsman then played the final two Tests as England beat India 3-1 before switching to white ball cricket where he once again showed his prowess, playing in all four One Day Internationals and the three run T20 victory.
That meant Buttler has played 33 games for England in 2014 and with seven more scheduled in before Christmas he will have played 51 days of international cricket in six countries since January.
“I’ve had a lot of time off since we finished our season and last Friday was the first time I caught some balls and had a hit,” Buttler told GiveMeSport.
“It’s been great for me to have a mental break away from the game and I’ve also managed to reflect on the summer, where I can do better, what I enjoyed and just a rest before a winter that could potentially be very busy with everything going on.
“It has been a completely different year, with moving up to Lancashire and I feel like a lot has happened this year. It is quite good that it’s finished and I have reflected and now feel settled at Lancashire and some exciting things have happened so it’s been great.”
The reflections for Buttler and his team mates are now over and the squad to tour Sri Lanka completed a training camp at Loughborough this week as they prepare to travel to Sri Lanka next week.
As for most players, receiving their new kit is always an exciting time, especially for big hitting Buttler who received his brand new Kookaburra ‘Verve’ bats last week. However, he is now one short for the tour to Sri Lanka after he generously gave one away to the current England football goalkeeper after they switched roles at training last week.
“I had my first hit with my new bats last Friday and they’re feeling great. I’ve been with Kookaburra for quite a few years now and I keep getting some great kit. Joe Hart snuck off with one last week so that didn’t get much of a hit but they are great.
“I’m going to have to say Joe Hart broke one because I’m one short for Sri Lanka!”