Jos Buttler lauds openers for series win against Bangladesh
With several mainstream players missing or skipping the tour of Bangladesh, winning was an aspect considered too cumbersome for England. Led by the aggressive Jos Buttler, England stunned one and all as they put on a show of grit and determination in order to seal the 3 match ODI series 2-1 against Bangladesh at Chittagong. They managed to do what India, South Africa and Pakistan couldn’t do the last time they visited Bangladesh.
The victory in the third ODI was set up primarily by the English openers, James Vince and Sam Billings. Both are middle order batsmen, but adjusted to their new task with perfection as they were successful in providing the visitors with a solid start. In a tall run chase in alien conditions, a solid start at the top is the primary need to succeed. Considering this, Buttler lauded his openers in the post-match presentation.
“I think we probably learnt from the other day when we were tentative,” Buttler said. “Guys were made aware of that. We had a good chat before we went out to bat. We wanted to be aggressive. I thought the two guys did that fantastically well. “You need to get off to a good start. There were partnerships that built and in the end we ran with their momentum. We lost a few wickets that kept Bangladesh interested. We did enough. Chases haven’t been high here so to go and do that with a young and inexperienced side is a testament for us.”
Buttler admitted that he wanted his side to remain aggressive at all costs. “I didn’t it was going to be easy but I was confident. The start was going to be crucial. Even if we did lose, I wanted us to lose in the fashion the way we want to play: be aggressive, take the game to the opposition. The openers set the tone brilliantly,” said Buttler.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that losing the toss was a decisive blow. “Obviously, the toss was the real factor. Their spinners got a lot of turn. Our spinners could not get the ball to turn because of the dew. Till the end we tried but England were too good. They played really well. Congratulations to them, they have been really good,” said Mortaza.
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