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Jos Buttler expected to overcome hip injury ahead of Windies clash

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Jos Buttler is “responding well to treatment” after injuring his hip in England’s World Cup win over Bangladesh on Saturday, and is expected to train with the squad on Wednesday, according to the ECB.

The vice-captain suffered his injury while scoring 64 from 44 balls in Cardiff and did not field in the second innings, with Jonny Bairstow taking the wicketkeeping gloves in England’s 106-run victory.

“Jos sustained heavy bruising on his right hip during the match against Bangladesh at Cardiff,” an ECB statement read. “He is responding well to treatment and will be reassessed later this week.

Buttler is the third highest scorer at the World Cup, scoring 185 runs in three innings

Buttler scored 64 from 44 balls against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday

“We anticipate he will train with the rest of the squad at the Hampshire Bowl on Wednesday ahead of the match against West Indies on Friday.”

Eoin Morgan has suggested that it is unlikely that he will use Buttler as a specialist batsman against West Indies, saying that his injury may be easier to manage as wicketkeeper.

“It depends on the risk of him making his injury worse in the field. In theory, the best place to be would be with the gloves on. The worry then would be that the high catch went up and, with the gloves, he would have to take the responsibility to take the catch, and make his hip worse.”

Morgan did not confirm that Buttler would be available for their match at The Hampshire Bowl on Friday stating that they will “use every day as much as we can to try to get him back on the park. If he is a risk going into the next game, it might not be worth it.”

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