Jos Buttler to Miss Final T20 Against Australia

England batsman seeing family

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Batsman Jos Buttler will miss England's final T20 against Australia after being given time off to see his family.

He has left the bio-secure bubble at Southampton and won't feature in the third and final clash of the series on Tuesday.

England have already won the series after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead over their rivals. Buttler starred in the last contest as he made an unbeaten 77 at the Ageas Bowl.

It now means England coach Chris Silverwood and skipper Eoin Morgan have given Buttler permission to see his family after 10-weeks away from them.

Buttler was also part of the bio-secure environment during England's Test wins against West Indies and Pakistan.

He is due to return by Thursday in time for the first ODI against Australia at Old Trafford on Friday.

England Looking for Number One Ranking

The loss of Buttler is, however, a blow for England's hopes of securing top spot in the world T20 rankings.

They may have already secured the series win but a white-wash would see England leapfrog Australia into top spot.

When asked about going ahead of them, Buttler said: “It is not something we have really discussed as a side.

“Certainly the 50-over tournament, the research told you the winner normally came from top two ranked sides in the world.

“If the same rings true for T20 then that is obviously a good place to be and we are building for that World Cup in a year's time.

“We have been putting in decent performances now as a side and getting role clarity for guys and experience under people's belt, which served us well planning for the 50-over World Cup.”

Morgan's Praise for Buttler

After the second T20 victory over Australia, England captain Eoin Morgan highlighted just how important Buttler is.

He said: “When Jos Buttler is in the form he is, he really is one of the best players in the world.

“I thought Australia bowled really well today and fielded really well but there are some batsmen in the world that can take the game away from you and always look like chasing down the total, and Jos is one of those players.”

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