Buttler blasts T20 and county scheduling

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England and Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler isn't overly impressed with the structure of the county fixtures over the next 10 weeks, saying the T20 Blast should have its own block of time.

England and Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler isn't overly impressed with the structure of the county fixtures over the next 10 weeks, saying the T20 Blast should have its own block of time.

The contest used to be between County Championship fixtures, but this year it's running concurrently on Fridays and Saturdays, meaning players have to switch formats a few times a week, which Buttler dislikes.

Buttler told <i>BBC Radio Manchester</i>: "I don't think it's ideal as a player. You want to be able to have specific training sessions and have a bit of time to prepare for the T20, but that's something you have to deal with.

"It will be really good to get the crowds in on Friday nights, but I think it's a real challenge for the players to find the time to practice their T20 skills in between the four-day matches."

When asked about the pressure on him to help the Lightning do well, given his international experience, he said: "I place higher expectations on myself than other people would anyway.

"Naturally I want to do well. You want to try and entertain people, and being at a new club as well, I'm desperate to show my team-mates and the Lancashire fans what I can do."

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