Jos Buttler out of England’s white-ball series against Sri Lanka with injury
Jos Buttler will miss the rest of England’s white-ball series against Sri Lanka because of a small tear in his right calf.
Buttler sustained the injury – with a subsequent MRI scan showing the damage – as he anchored England’s successful pursuit of 130 with a classy 68 not out from 55 balls in the first Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
It was his first international appearance in three months, having been among a number of the Indian Premier League contingent to be rested for England’s Test series against New Zealand, and he now faces an enforced spell out.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was absent for the second contest against Kusal Perera’s side, with Sam Billings coming in and Jonny Bairstow moving to the top of the order and taking the gloves.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Buttler’s injury on Friday and, as well as being sidelined for the final T20 on Saturday at the Ageas Bowl, the limited-overs vice-captain has been ruled out of the subsequent one-day international series against Sri Lanka. Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan has been added to the ODI squad.
Buttler’s injury adds a doubt to his availability for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan, which gets under way on 8 July.