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Jos Buttler closer to full fitness for England's Twenty20 series in India

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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Wedmore’s Jos Buttler says he is edging closer to full fitness in his bid to add to his international caps during England’s Twenty20 matches in India just before Christmas.

The Somerset star has been in India as part of the England Performance Programme squad for the last fortnight and will remain with them until he joins up with the full national side for the two-match T20 series.

The 22-year-old wicketkeeper suffered an injury just before leaving for the subcontinent but signalled his form by scoring 44 off 43 balls in the Performance Programme’s three-day match against the Dr D Y Patil Sports Academy, which finished this morning.

“It’s obviously another proud moment to be selected in the T20 squad for the games just before Christmas and this training block is the perfect platform to get into shape for those matches,” said Buttler, who has played 16 T20s for England since his debut last year.

“It was a little bit frustrating to pick up an injury just before we left but I have been progressing really well over the two weeks we have been here and I am now pretty much back to full fitness.”

Buttler has been working with former England players Graham Thorpe and Mark Ramprakash while he has been away and has also been able to get a good insight into Indian bowling, which he hopes will stand him in good stead come the first T20 match in Pune on December 20.

“Things have been going well,” said Buttler. “On Thursday we move onto Pune when the focus switches to white ball cricket.”

“We have been working hard in the nets and there is an abundance of Indian net bowlers for us to face.

“I have been working hard on my batting with Graham Thorpe and Mark Ramprakash and am starting to get back into full wicketkeeping sessions now I’m over my injury.”

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