Jos Buttler has said the team which best deals with the distractions around the Ashes will win the series as he arrived at Englandâ€™s camp in Brisbane ahead of the opening Test.
The wicketkeeper-batsman joined his team-mates on Tuesday following a period of quarantine on the Gold Coast after the T20 World Cup, with no play expected on day one of the sideâ€™s second planned warm-up match against England Lions due to consistent rain in Queensland.
Buttler was direct when asked about the difficulties in preparation for both an Australia side recovering from the shock resignation of former skipper Tim Paine and his teamâ€™s recent lack of time on the field.
â€œAround the Ashes, thereâ€™s always certain things go on and the guys that can deal with the distractions an Ashes series throws upâ€¦ is the team thatâ€™s going to play best,â€ the 31-year-old told reporters in an interview from Englandâ€™s hotel.
He would not be drawn on hypothetical situations involving the possible moving of the fifth Test in Perth as Australia grapples with the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
â€œI find it tiring to talk about it when you donâ€™t know,â€ Buttler said in response to a query about the match potentially shifting to Tasmania.
â€œThatâ€™s not for me to worry about at the minute. Thereâ€™s a week to go until the first Test here and all our energies are focused on that.â€
The squad have gathered in Brisbane as they continue their preparation for the series which starts at the Gabba on December 8.
The first warm-up match against the Lions was called off due to rain with only 29 overs played and the rematch at Ian Healy Oval appeared unlikely to progress as rain was forecast to continue throughout Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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