Jos Buttler shrugs off Adelaide demons and backs England to be ready for India

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Deep in the bowels of Adelaide Oval on the eve of England’s T20 World Cup semi-final against India, Jos Buttler volunteered that it is “in my opinion one of the best stadiums in the world”. In truth it would be no surprise if it made him come out in hives. Buttler has played here six times – two Tests, two one-day internationals and twice in the Big Bash League – and lost on every occasion.

One of those games was the humiliating defeat to Bangladesh at the 2015 World Cup, widely seen as England’s white-ball nadir. The side has been transformed since then, with Thursday bringing an opportunity to bury those demons in Buttler’s first tournament as captain.

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