England will be without two of the heroes of their 2019 Cricket World Cup triumph when they attempt to complete a memorable double at this year's T20 World Cup.
Ben Stokes, the player of the match in that memorable final, and Jofra Archer, the man who bowled the super over, are both absent from England's squad for the upcoming tournament.
Stokes is continuing his indefinite break from cricket to prioritise his mental health, while Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a stress fracture in his right elbow.
However, Jos Buttler is still confident in England's chances of winning the tournament without two "superstars of the game" like Stokes and Archer, pinpointing Liam Livingstone and Tymal Mills as two players who can make an impact in their absence.
Speaking at an event at Sixes Cricket Club, where he was unveiled as the official ambassador of Booking.com 's sponsorship of the ICC T20 World Cup, Buttler said: "I think we’re certainly one of the favourites, I think we’re a brilliant team.
"I know we’re going to be missing Ben and Jofra, two superstars, but I think you still look down that list and there’s some real match winners in our side and that’s really exciting.
"I think any side in the world is going to miss those guys, they’re superstars of the game, but I’m really excited with the squad we have.
"You look at the opportunities Liam Livingstone was presented with this summer and the way he’s taken his game from those T20 series and The Hundred. That confidence he’ll go into the World Cup with is fantastic.
"I enjoyed watching The Hundred and seeing Tymal operate again. We’ve seen him a bit before in an England shirt and it’s a fantastic story for him to be back at a World Cup.
"I think that left-arm angle and extreme pace [will be great] and he’s got a pretty good slower ball as well. He's a great guy to have in your squad that can pose a lot of problems and has been performing brilliantly well. He’ll come into that tournament with confidence."
When asked if there would be extra pressure on the squad to perform without Stokes and Archer, Buttler replied: "Not at all, really. I'm always desperate to be there at the nuts and bolts of the game and be at the coalface, so I want to perform for the team and I think there are a number of guys that are exactly the same.
"You talk about guys haven't got that experience yet but there are a lot of people they can call upon and discuss that with.
"I think it's a little bit different in this day and age with the advent of the franchise tournaments so guys will have been in high-pressure situations in the IPL, the Hundred, the Big Bash. In an international tournament, they'll have those experiences to call upon."
Booking.com is the official accommodation booking partner of the ICC T20 World Cup, which takes place from 17 October – 14 November.
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