Englishman Jos Buttler says time with Melbourne Renegades is crucial

ENGLISH wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler's stint with Melbourne Renegades will be brief.

Big Bash League action will play a key role in Buttler's preparations to join the English for next month's limited overs series against Australia.

But he says his time with the Renegades is no warm up.

"I want to contribute to a winning performance with the Renegades. This is a competition phase for them," Buttler said.

"We've got a really important couple of games tomorrow, trial games, to make a good start."

The 23-year-old, speaking at Eastern Oval on Saturday, was even hungrier the make his mark on the game after watching his first Test match live after years of watching Test cricket on the television.

He joined in with the Barmy Army at the Gabba late last month and enjoyed the show, if not the result.

If he keeps improving and working hard, Buttler said he hoped to have the chance to play in the whites.

"It was a good experience to see Test match cricket live," Buttler said.

"Test cricket is the pinnacle, it's what everyone aims for."

Buttler, who has been travelling with the England Performance Programme, looked forward to playing alongside international stars and Renegades' headline acts, legendary Sri Lankan star spinner Muthian Muralidaran and Australian power-hitter Aaron Finch.

He says it will be a welcome change to be on Finch's team this season.

Buttler was on the receiving end with the English when Finch belted out his Twenty20 world record 156 runs in Southampton in August.

Marked as a hard-hitting batting option for the Renegades, Buttler will be available for the club's first four Big Bash League games until the first One Day International on January 12.

He will be replaced in the Renegades line up by Pakistani Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez.

The Renegades are based in Ballarat for a three-day Wipe Off 5 Ballarat Bush Bash camp.

They will host two practice matches against the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy at Eastern Oval on Sunday.

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