England captain Alastair Cook has urged Somerset batsman Jos Buttler to learn from his chastening experience at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Wedmore ace Buttler, 22, endured a difficult campaign on the sub-continent, with a top score of just 15 against Afghanistan as England missed out on a semi-final spot.
He failed to reproduce the form that saw him earn a place on the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka in earlier in the year, where he scored 262 runs at an average of 87.33.
But Cook, who was not part of the T20 squad but will take charge of England’s tour to India in both the Test and ODI formats next month, believes young players such as Buttler, Danny Briggs and Jonny Bairstow, will be all the better for the Sri Lanka experience.
“If we’re being totally honest, sometimes the inexperience showed,” said Cook at the launch of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 which is to be held next June at the Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston.
“I think what it will do is grow them as players. You need experience like that to grow as a player and realise where you’ve got to improve, just as the senior players have previously done.”
Its Buttler’s crisp hitting that has caught the England selectors’ attention, with some hoping he may be suitable across all three formats of the game.
The Test squad might be a little way off just yet, but Buttler will have hopes of adding to his solitary ODI appearance for England sooner rather than later.
And with Cook confirming that England’s policy of rotation will continue, Buttler will be keeping his fingers crossed he gets his chance.
“Clearly we do have to rotate players at certain times and rest players for certain games. We will have to do that over the next cycle,” added Cook.
“We’ve got an amazing opportunity over the next couple of years if we play good cricket and get up to the level we know we can. I keep saying the word special but to play all that cricket in such a short space of time is precisely that.
“To win nine or ten games in a row shows we’re heading in the right direction.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, you’ve got players who have played ten, 15 games and when you compare that to sides who have played 200 games, it shows that we need to keep developing the players we’ve got.”
See the best eight teams in ODI cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013 – tickets for the Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are on sale on Monday, November 5 at icc-cricket.com. Pre-registration is open now.