Jos Buttler, the England wicket-keeper batsman, says 2019 will be a huge year for England, who will be hosting the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 as well as the Ashes.
But, while he feels "lucky to be around" at this time in England cricket, Buttler remains wary and does not want to get ahead of himself. "It is a huge opportunity and we all want to play a part in an exciting time for English cricket," he said.
It is a massive year and we have to be fresh and excited going into the big events
"It's a huge year, but for us, it's a case of focusing on the here and now because we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We're aware of how quickly things can change in cricket and you can come unstuck.
"We're all in a very fortunate position to potentially play a part in a huge period of time for England cricket. They're all very romantic ideas but the end product comes from hard work in the years before that and from doing some good stuff now."
England, the No.1 side on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings, have a good chance of lifting the World Cup trophy in home conditions. But with so much cricket happening ahead of that, Buttler stressed on finding the right "balance", in a year where England begin with a full tour of the West Indies.
Close catching practice in Barbados! 👐 pic.twitter.com/4eKf9NXnrp— England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 13, 2019
"We have to be fresh and excited going into the big events," he said. "There is lots of cricket coming and one of the things both captains (Joe Root and Eoin Morgan) and management have done is look after the players.
"We don't want people to be too tired but there's a fine balance between doing too much and too little. We only have a short career and you want to play as much as you can," he explained.
"There are amazing possibilities around the world but you have to balance your time well and it's important for myself especially to have time away from the game. So it's a discussion for everyone, being open and honest and trying to find the best solutions."
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