Buttler: IPL has helped improve my game against spin
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has improved his batting against spin bowling and feels that taking part in the T20 tournament should not harm your chances of playing Test cricket.
The 25-year-old Buttler is playing for the Mumbai Indians and has had a mixed return in the run-scoring charts but believes just playing and training in Indian conditions will improve his game, especially against slow bowlers.
Buttler told ESPNcricinfo: "Facing Harbhajan Singh in the nets is a fantastic learning ground and playing spin is a huge part of that. There is always a game every night on TV, so you can watch different guys how they go about playing spin.
"You are watching guys who play spin the best, how well they pick the length, how well they move into position and don't face many balls, to be able to rotate the strike and not allow pressure to build on you is crucial. "
If any English player plays in the IPL it means they miss the start of the county season which hinders their chances of being selected in the Test side.
The gloveman though feels accomplished Test players from all around the world are playing the T20 tournament in India and that England players can only benefit from the event.
Buttler added: "This is the ninth edition of the IPL and, for me, English players have been missing out for a long time. There are plenty of cricketers over here who are fantastic Test match players as well.
"I think it is an old-fashioned view that if you come to the IPL then your Test career is done."
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson content with scrappy draw in India
Williamson was pleased with his side’s final day fight.
Joe Root repeats claim he cannot recall any instances of racism at Yorkshire
Former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq questioned Root’s denial when he gave evidence to MPs earlier this month.
Josh Inglis happy just to be in the Australia Ashes conversation
Josh Inglis is a real Ashes contender.
The Ashes: Cricket Australia prepare for Brisbane warm-up washout
The Ashes are bearing down on both England and Australia with neither side enjoying ideal preparation.
Ben Stokes details frightening choking incident that he feared would end him
The England all-rounder is preparing for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.
First Test: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Day four – Scorecard
Follow Bangladesh vs Pakistan
First Test: India vs New Zealand – Day five – Scorecard
Follow India vs New Zealand.
Ashley Giles calls for second chances in fight against racism in cricket
The England managing director said people must be given ‘the chance to rehabilitate’ and called for education on the issue.
Ashley Giles hopeful Ben Stokes will be ready to face Australia in Ashes opener
The all-rounder took an indefinite break in July to prioritise his mental well-being and rest a fractured finger.