England captain Joe Root has confirmed that wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler will return home and won’t be part of the fifth Ashes Test, set to start from January 14th in Hobart. The Day 5 of the fourth Ashes Test was a treat to the cricket fanatics, with the pendulum swinging one way and the other. With 10 wickets in hand, England were confident of a draw. However, Australian bowlers made the match out of it and placed themselves in a comfortable position to win the game. However, the resistance from the lower order batter helped England salvage a draw.
Speaking about Buttler, the wicketkeeper broke his finger while keeping in the first inning. However, he showed great courage and batted twice in the match. England skipper Joe Root confirmed that Buttler will be returning home before the final Test. “Jos Buttler is going home after this game, it’s quite a bad injury. Real disappointment and shame to not have him at Hobart. The way he stood up for the team shows his character,” said Root in the post match press conference.
Meanwhile, Australia will be pleased with their performance in the game. The hero for Australia in the game was Usman Khawaja, who scored hundreds in both innings. Khawaja was also named the Man of the Match. The southpaw returned to the team after a gap of nearly two years and made the most of this opportunity.
Speaking on his performance, Khawaja said, “We would have loved to win. Great fight from England. Test match cricket at its best, down to wire, couldn’t ask for more. Didn’t feel like I was batting at a different level to the others. I thought Smith was batting beautifully. He was smacking them and I thought lets get a partnership. 300 was a good first innings score. I am enjoying the game. Lots of ups and downs. I can go out there and get two ducks in the next game. That’s how it is. A hard game. Lots of cricket coming up. Fingers crossed to stay healthy and keep doing the work. We couldn’t have asked for more in this series. Everything counts in the Test Championship.”