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England rest Jos Buttler for remainder of ODI series

England rest Jos Buttler for the rest of ODI series against Australia
England have rested Jos Buttler for the remainder of the ODI series against Australia.
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The England selectors have rested wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler for the remainder of the One-Day International series against Australia.

The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman has been struggling for form as he managed just four runs in the first two games of the ODI series.

Buttler's form in the recently concluded Ashes campaign too added to his woes as he scored only 122 runs in the five Tests at an average of 15.25.

While making the announcement, England coach, Trevor Bayliss, stated that Buttler had agreed to the team management's decision of handing him a break.

“While we initially felt Jos would have enough left in the tank for this ODI series, it has become clear in the last couple of days that he will benefit from a break from cricket ahead of the winter tours.

"We know that for players involved in all formats finding periods throughout the year when they can rest is key and Jos has had a heavy workload throughout 2015."

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, who put on a man-of-the-match performance in his last outing for England in the limited overs format against New Zealand has been named as Buttler's replacement. 

Even though Buttler has been the first choice wicket-keeper for England for a while, Bayliss feels this will be a great opportunity for Bairstow to cement his place in the 50-over format. 

“Resting players provide opportunities for others in the international arena and Jonny Bairstow now has a chance to build on the one day form he showed at the end of the New Zealand series earlier this summer.”

Having lost the first two games in the series, England find themselves in a must-win situation when they take on Australia in Manchester on 8th September for the third ODI.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood 

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