Jos Buttler eyeing home advantage at Emirates Old Trafford
The England wicketkeeper speaks exclusively to Warren Hegg from inside the Hilton Garden Inn at Emirates Old Trafford
Lancashire and England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is hoping familiar surroundings brings an upturn in fortunes ahead of the second #raisethebat Test against the West Indies starting tomorrow (16 July).
The 29-year-old returns to his home ground at Emirates Old Trafford with England 1-0 down following a close defeat at The Ageas Bowl.
Both of the remaining Test matches are being played in Manchester, the county ground Buttler has called home since making the switch from Somerset ahead of the 2014 season.
And he is looking forward to taking on the West Indies on a ground he knows very well.
"Emirates Old Trafford is somewhere I love playing, especially as a home ground," he said.
"As a player it's always very comforting coming to a ground you know. I sit in my own spot in the dressing room and the familiarities around that, it just makes you feel at ease.
"Even though the cricket at the moment feels very different and I haven't been playing as well as I'd like, I need to find my best form and coming to a place as home, you do feel comfortable on and off the field.
"It helps the state of mind, I guess."
Buttler was behind the stumps for the first #raisethebat Test defeat on the south coast, the first international fixture to be played behind-closed-doors, and admits it was a surreal experience taking to the field without the support of the Barmy Army.
"We're so lucky in England that Test cricket is held in such high regard and we get such good support in the ground, so it's certainly very different without the Barmy Army," he said.
"If you look at the last day in Southampton when we started really well, had them two or three down early, that extra boost of a 12th man of the crowd would have been huge in that situation and added a lot of pressure to the West Indies.
"Someone like Jofra was bowling extremely fast and crowds love to see that fast bowling.
"You didn't notice it so much when you're batting, it was more in the field where you noticed the lack of crowd."
Watch below for the full interview with Jos Buttler ahead of the second #raisethebat Test at Emirates Old Trafford.