Jos Buttler set to return from injury for England's first T20I against Australia in Perth

The first match between Australia and England will be played on October 9.

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Team England's permanent skipper Jos Buttler is expected to return for the three-match T20I series against Australia. The Three Lions will face the home side in the first T20I encounter to be played at the Perth Cricket Stadium on October 9 (Sunday).

Buttler did not participate in the recently concluded T20I series against Pakistan. Despite not having their prominent batter, England went on to defeat Pakistan in a seven-match T20I series. However, the likes of Buttler and Ben Stokes returning to England's squad will boost their chances to win a bilateral series against the current T20 champions.

With Buttler returning to action, the England  team management will need to choose between Alex Hales and Philip Salt as who will sit out to vacant a place for the English skipper. Both Hales and Salt had a decent outing against Pakistan. Meanwhile, Salt on Friday said that he is still getting over jetlag, probably indicating that the dasher might sit out for the first T20I encounter against the Men in Yellow. 

I am just here to perform and win games: Philip Salt

“It’s more a case of focusing on yourself,” he said. “The landscape changes so quickly in professional sport. I’m just here to perform and to win games, in my mind that’s as simple as it gets. If you keep giving yourself finish lines you can distract yourself a lot of the time but if you have a more stripped-back process you can stick to, I’ve found that’s the best way to keep developing and keep your eyes on performing,” said Salt.

Salt also emphasized the fact he is quite different from other players in the English squad and he is a fearless cricketer. “If you’re not a fearless cricketer you don’t fit into the England team in my opinion. I want to put my own stamp on it with the way I play. I feel like I’m quite different to a lot of batters that are in this set-up so however you want to put it, I want to take the game on,” he added. 

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