Jos Buttler denies England players would be annoyed if football warm-ups are banned

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England's cricketers will be flying high at the moment after a fantastic end to 2018. 

The team beat India 4-1 during the summer Test series and then followed that up with a whitewash of Sri Lanka away from home in the winter.

With an even bigger 2019 - featuring the World Cup and Ashes - to look forward to, with many believe this could be a great year for the team across all formats.

And with such a big year lying in wait, a few precautions could be put in to place by England's new managing director, Ashley Giles.

For one, the customary pre-match kickabout which has become commonplace in recent years may be the first change up we see.

During the tour of Sri Lanka in the winter, the kickabout was a big discussion point when Jonny Bairstow sustained an ankle injury and was forced to miss the first two Tests as a result. 

But Jos Buttler, apparently one of the more gifted footballers within the England set-up has come out to support any changes the new managing director might want to make to prevent further injuries.

"It’s been a fun part of our warm-ups for a while and I really love football, but I understand his point of view," Buttler said, as reported by The Cricketer.

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"If that’s his final decision then that’s it. I don’t think the players would be too fussed."

Buttler went on to talk about the high profile nature of the summer ahead: "It’s a huge year but for us, it’s a case of focusing on the here and now because we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We’re aware of how quickly things can change in cricket and you can come unstuck."

"We’re all in a very fortunate position to potentially play a part in a huge period of time for England cricket."

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"They’re all very romantic ideas but the end product comes from hard work in the years before that and from doing some good stuff now. It is a massive year and we have to be fresh and excited going into the big events."

Whatever the decision for England's pre-match warm ups are, Giles will be wary not to rock the boat too much after such a successful 2018, and the potential for an even better 2019. 

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