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But­tler grate­ful for break from the game

- Sports · Jos Buttler · England · New Zealand · Australia · Whangarei

Jos But­tler feels rein­vig­o­rated by the time off he had fol­low­ing a whirl­wind sum­mer, as he re­turned to ac­tion with a cen­tury in Eng­land’s fi­nal warmup before the Test se­ries against New Zealand.

But­tler was an ever-present in the tri­umphant World Cup cam­paign and drawn Ashes se­ries, but the nerve-shred­ding end­ing in the for­mer seemed to have a di­rect im­pact on his form in the lat­ter.

Just 55 runs in six in­nings over the first three Tests against Aus­tralia put But­tler’s place un­der the mi­cro­scope but he fin­ished the se­ries strongly with knocks of 70 and 47, enough for the se­lec­tors to re­tain him.

The 29-year-old was one of sev­eral play­ers

“It was a tough sum­mer, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally”

rested from the re­cent Twenty20 se­ries vic­tory against the Black Caps and he be­lieves he is reap­ing the ben­e­fits after a sen­sa­tional 110 in the draw against New Zealand A in Whangarei.

“It was a tough sum­mer, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, great fun and a huge chal­lenge and one you look back on with real fond­ness,” But­tler said.

“But it cer­tainly took a lot out of most of us, so the four to five weeks we’ve had off have been in­valu­able.

“It’s been re­ally good to have some time away from the game, and sort of get re­freshed and al­low your­self time to think, and have a bit of re­flec­tion on where you’re at, and some things I felt I needed to work on.

“It was nice to have some time to do that be­cause you don’t al­ways get time with the way the sched­ule is.”

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