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England won't take risks with Buttler before T20 WC


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Jos Buttler is eager to return from injury for England's seven-match series in Pakistan, according to limited-overs coach Matthew Mott, but the team will not take any chances with the batter so close to the Twenty20 World Cup.

Buttler is yet to play in the series as he recovers from a calf injury acquired while competing in The Hundred, a squad led by Moeen Ali.

The World Cup takes place in Australia from Oct. 16-Nov. 13.

"With regard to Jos (Buttler), he's still a while off, he's not a player we want to take a risk on at this stage, so close to the World Cup, and it was a reasonably significant injury that he had," Mott told reporters.

"So, he's champing at the bit for a game, but we'll just try and see how we go and maybe in the last game or two we might give him a chance."

The series is level at 2-2 with the fifth game scheduled for Lahore on Wednesday.