ICC World Cup 2015: Pleased with the way team has shaped up for the mega event, says Jos Buttler
English cricketer Jos Buttler is content with the way his squad has prepared for the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 after defeating India two times in the tri-series but said they are craving to test their adroitness against a much-fancied Australia in the finals on 1st February.
England had defeated India in Brisbane by 9 wickets, before achieving a comfortable 3 wicket win at WACA on 30th January, to make it to the final. Jos said that it is gone quite well. He thinks they have structured a lot the last few months, throughout the Sri Lanka series and now in Australia under Eoin Morgan‘s captaincy. He thinks they can be satisfied in the direction they are going.
They seemed to have a stable team for Australian soil and a couple of wins against a tough India side can give them a lot of confidence before going into the ICC World Cup. He also thinks the performances they put in have been good. In Hobart they got close, they should have score more runs and put more pressure on them but Australia bowled quite well at the end. But it was a close match so they have been getting closer and probably tomorrow will be third time lucky.
He was quoted saying: “Things change very quickly. If we win people will say we’re going in the right direction and maybe we could cause a few upsets. If we lose we’ll be the same old England. That’s always the way it is. Looking ahead, if we lost tomorrow and won on February 14 at the MCG we’d take that as well. Tomorrow’s a big game for us and we’re desperate to put in a big performance against a much-fancied Australia side. It’ll be another good marker of where we’re at as a team and how far we’ve come.”
When he was asked if England are going into the World Cup as underdogs, Buttler replied: “It’s never the worst place to be and our recent form over the last 12 months wouldn’t suggest we’d be anything else either. But we’ve got into a pattern where we’re starting to build confidence as a side and we’ve started to put in performances where we feel they’re good enough to win games of cricket going into a World Cup.”
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