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Buttler insists he has “nothing to lose” ahead of first Ashes series down under

Jos Buttler is confident that he can get back to his best in Test cricket during the Ashes, insisting he has “nothing to lose”

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England star Jos Buttler has vowed to “bring a fearless approach” to the Ashes in a bid to get back to his best in Test cricket.

Buttler did not have the best summer in red ball cricket, scoring just 72 runs at an average of 14.40 against India.

However, the 31-year-old is confident that he can impress in his first Ashes tour of Australia, insisting he has “nothing to lose”.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the first Test at The Gabba on December 8, Buttler said: “I feel like I have nothing to lose, to be honest.

“It’s sort of been disjointed, that [year] just gone. Some good form and some bad form and in the year before as well.

Jos Buttler is confident that he can get back to his best in Test cricket during the Ashes, insisting he has “nothing to lose”

“It’s the first time I’m experiencing an Ashes series [in Australia] so I’m fully determined to enjoy all the challenges that throw up.

“I’m excited to experience it, the good the bad, and I’m sure the highs and lows along the way.

“As a player at the minute I’m trying to bring a fearless approach and to truly try and embrace the opportunity.

“I know when I get to somewhere near my best that’s going to be pretty good.”

Despite never having played a Test match in Australia, Buttler has plenty of experience playing there in limited overs cricket.

Buttler has played 23 internationals in Australia and has also had spells in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder.

Those experiences are something he will look to draw on, adding: “Familiarity with some conditions is something I can dip into and hopefully not be surprised by.

Buttler was not in great form in Test cricket this summer, scoring just 72 runs at an average of 14.40 against India
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“But I think the challenge always as a player is to adapt to any conditions that are in front of you and adapt quickly.

“The practice, when you can practice, is incredibly important for that and your first five, 10 balls are vital as a player to understanding the conditions and playing accordingly.

“But certainly I will try to dip into that experience and I’m in my early 30s now so played quite a bit of cricket and hopefully know what to expect.”

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