IND vs ENG 5th Test: On return from leave, Jos Buttler keeps fingers crossed on Manchester Test’s fate – England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has kept his “fingers crossed” and is expecting the fifth and final Test against India to go ahead as planned. Ahead of the fifth Test against England, India’s second physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester on Thursday, forcing Virat Kohli & Co to isolate. The future of the match is also in question and BCCI and ECB are waiting for RT-PCR test results to take a call.
This led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled. However, Jos Buttler said everything is fine in the England camp and the hosts are looking forward to the game.
“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in our camp and we are looking forward to the game,” said Jos Buttler in a virtual press conference.
IND vs ENG 5th Test: When InsideSport reached out to the BCCI officials, one said the fate of the match will be decided based on the COVID-19 test results that are awaited late on Thursday. However, many BCCI officials are not keen for the match to go ahead considering it will jeopardise the players’ availability for the opening matches of the IPL 2021 Phase 2.
“Yes, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmer has tested positive. We are monitoring the situation and waiting for the RT-PCR test results of all the players and Yogesh. They have been isolated. The match is on as of now. We will take a call as we have the test results,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
IND vs ENG 5th Test: The players were supposed to be in a bio-bubble in Manchester for a smooth transfer to UAE. They will take a charter flight from UK to UAE along with England players in the IPL.
Meanwhile, having registered an emphatic 157-run win in the fourth Test against England, Virat Kohli and boys would now have their eyes firmly set on winning the final Test at Manchester to complete a comprehensive 3-1 series win over the Three Lions.
IND vs ENG 5th Test: Buttler, who missed the Oval Test due to paternity leave, said England is determined to win the fifth and final Test against India, which gets underway from Friday.
“Yeah, it was a fantastic Test match, the teams played some brilliant cricket but we couldn’t make it happen on the final day. As a group, we are determined to win the fifth Test and to level the series. The guys have trained hard and it’s a must-win game for us,” said Jos Buttler.
Further speaking about the wicket for the final Test, Buttler said, “I think it’s a pretty good wicket, it looks a little bit dry and might offer spin later in the game. We have played a lot of cricket here, especially last year against West Indies and Pakistan so we know the conditions pretty well.”