England got ‘reality check’ after winless white-ball home season – Jos Buttler

Written by Abhishek Patil

England captain Jos Buttler minced no words summarising his side’s disappointing white-ball season in the ongoing home summer after they failed to win a single series out of the four they played. Buttler slammed his side’s lack of intent after a massive 90-run loss to South Africa in the series decider.

England were outplayed by India last month in three T20Is and as many ODIs by 2-1 in both the series and South Africa too beat them 2-1 in the shortest format while ODIs ended in a 1-1 stalemate after the series decider was called off due to rain at Manchester.

Speaking after the match Buttler said that England have got a reality check in terms of inability to play at their best for longer duration while expressing his frustration on team’s ‘timidness’.

“I think it is a reality check. We haven’t played our best cricket by a long stretch and I don’t think we have been able to impose ourselves,” he said.

The new England captain is yet to win a series after taking on the role full-time following Eoin Morgan’s retirement and said that the team’s confidence has taken a hit after the performances over 12 games against India and South Africa.

“I can be honest enough to say we haven’t performed how we would have liked the whole summer, so maybe the confidence has taken a bit of a dent. With the bat we never imposed ourselves, never managed to wrestle the initiative and put pressure on the opposition.

“I think that little bit of timidness is probably the thing we are frustrated with the most. We want to be known as a team that wants to be brave and take risks,” he added.

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