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Jos Buttler says openness is key to overcoming life in the tour bubble

Jos Buttler urged any teammates struggling with bubble life this winter to speak up as the England squad gathered for their overnight departure for South Africa on Monday

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A 25-day trip that comprises three Twenty20s and three ODIs might not appear taxing on paper but it is England’s first away tour since the Covid-19 pandemic struck and begins a winter of up to four assignments that will be spent solely in the confines of hotels and cricket grounds.

“We won’t get to fully enjoy South Africa as we usually would but I think everyone has become accustomed to what it’s going to be like,” said Buttler, England’s white-ball vice-captain, before the team’s charter flight to Cape Town.

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“If you’re feeling under pressure or not quite yourself, the key is to have the confidence to open up and talk about it. We all go through it at different stages, where you feel a bit homesick or claustrophobic when you can’t get out and about, like you’d usually like to. We just want to make sure everyone is aware of that .”

Buttler is one of 11 players in the 23-strong touring party to have goneā€¦

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