Jos Buttler reckons defeats in consecutive Test, Twenty20, and one-day series would be enough for most cricket nations to change the composition of the team, unlike England.
India captain Virat Kohli said after claiming the ODI series with a seven-run win in a tense decider on Sunday that it had been “sweet” to beat old rivals England in every contest on the three-month tour.
Jos Buttler: England Have Been A Brilliant Side For A Long Period
Virat Kohli predicted “exciting times” ahead for his triumphant side who are now expected to depose England as the world’s top one-day side in the ICC rankings in ODIs before they host the Twenty20 World Cup later this year.
The Tests, which was won by India by a 3-1 margin, saw India showcase a devastating new spinner in Axar Patel, while Prasidh Krishna was unleashed as a new pace threat in the ODIs. The T20I series saw debutants Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan excel with the bat.
Jos Buttler, who stood in for injured captain Eoin Morgan in the last 2 ODIs, said however that England’s rivals should not read too much into the defeats.
“We have been a brilliant side for a long period of time now.”
Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan believe that exposing new players to India’s pitches will benefit England at the extravagant T20 tournament-the T20I Worlds Cup in October and again in 2023 when they defend their 50-over World Cup title in India.
Jos Buttler Praises Sam Curran And Liam Livingstone
The unbeaten 95 by number eight Sam Curran in the series-deciding ODI and two aggressive innings by one-day debutant Liam Livingstone caught the eye of England’s management.
“Any time we expand the player pool, that creates competition, that creates better performances, and that creates the upward trajectory we are always after,” said Jos Buttler.
The England wicketkeeper-batsman and stand-in captain said Sam Curran had been put in a unique position coming in so low in the order and nearly securing an unlikely win. His unbeaten 95 went in vain as India won by 7 runs.
“He is still only 22 and the scope of where he can take his game to is massive so we are all very excited for him.”
Liam Livingstone also impressed with his unbeaten 27 in England’s emphatic six-wicket win on Thursday followed by his 36 on Sunday.
“Liam coming in and playing in those two games the way he has, it shows that we are doing things right,” said Buttler.
“Liam is obviously a very attacking, aggressive batsman and we want him to play in exactly that fashion when he comes in,” he added.
“It is brilliant to see someone like Liam come in and play straight away in the fashion that we would like people to play in. That shows that we are doing things right, the message is getting through to people and we will continue to play in that way.”
England may not have won a series in India but Jos Buttler said: “We are in a really good place as a side.”
The defeat in the 3rd ODI not only denied England a first ODI series win in India in 36 years but also means they end the tour without winning in any of the three formats, having lost the Tests 3-1 and T20s 3-2. England won the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets chasing a stiff 337 with 39 balls remaining.