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Positive step Jos the job - but England ace admits mixed feelings.

Byline: IAN PARKER Cricket Reporter

JOS Buttler admits he is feeling a range of emotions as England players prepare to resume training individually.

Bowlers could return as early as next week to complete short sessions at their county grounds, while batsmen - including Buttler - are looking at a possible start date of June 1 in the hope of playing international matches behind closed doors this summer.

Players could be paired up with a single coach, either from the ECB or a county coach on secondment, as they take the next steps towards a return.

"It looks like in the next week or so, or however imminent it will be, that we'll have the chance to train individually," Buttler said.

"It's everything - a bit of nerves, a of excitement, a little bit of cricket in England that the players can start training individually.

"As a player you feel like you've had nice rest and really enjoyed it, it's been good to have the break and are hopefully feeling refreshed for some cricket."

There is no firm schedule yet in place for England to return to action, with the only fixed point being July 1 as the earliest possible start date.

against the West Indies and Pakistan could still take place later in the year.

Though the coronavirus pandemic has been a dire circumstance to bring it about, Buttler said he believes players could benefit from the unexpected break in the long term.

"To have a complete break both physically and mentally could potentially add a few years to the career," he said.

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Author:IAN PARKER Cricket Reporter
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:May 14, 2020
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