Jos Buttler believes England’s tour of the West Indies was a “success” regardless of dropping each ODI and T20 collection.
England go away the Caribbean empty-handed after 2-1 and 3-2 losses within the ODIs and T20s towards a aspect under them within the rankings in each codecs, and simply weeks on from a shock World Cup group-stage exit.
Defeat in Thursday’s T20 collection decider was England’s eleventh loss in 17 limited-overs matches this winter, however Buttler argued there are causes to treat this journey as a certified success.
England’s 267 for 3 within the penultimate T20 was their highest rating within the format and so they equalled their second highest run-chase within the third match, whereas a number of people have pushed their case.
“I believe so, yeah, ” Buttler mentioned when requested if the tour had been successful. “Clearly some gamers have stood up and completed very well.
“You wish to win and I believe all of us wished to win the collection and it is arduous to say if you’ve misplaced, however I believe we have discovered some good issues.
“There’s been a number of ups and downs all year long nevertheless it’s at all times vital to maintain wanting ahead. We performed some actually good cricket for almost all of the collection. It has been an excellent collection.”
Buttler calls on England to work on loss of life bowling
Buttler zeroed in on the “thankless activity” of loss of life bowling as one space England can enhance upon forward of the defence of their T20 World Cup crown in six months’ time.
England might have misplaced each white-ball collection towards the West Indies however gained invaluable perception into pitches and situations they could encounter within the Caribbean and United States subsequent June.
Solely Adil Rashid and Reece Topley among the many touring bowlers stored their financial system fee under 9 an over, whereas the Windies’ conveyor belt of six hitters incessantly pummelled the ropes in direction of the again finish.
Buttler acknowledged stopping a Windies juggernaut is less complicated mentioned than completed however England’s white-ball captain feels his bowlers can attempt to grasp conserving runs at a premium on the crunch section.
“For each workforce in T20 cricket loss of life bowling is an enormous space that everybody has to have a look at and we’re the identical as a workforce,. In case you can execute your yorkers they’re nonetheless one of the best ball,” Buttler continued.
“Managing expectations is a giant a part of it. Realizing what’s a win and what’s a loss. Getting an over to solely go for 13 as an alternative of 18 or these form of issues.
“We know how the sport has gone, batters are improbable on the finish of the innings at clearing the ropes and the innovation. So it’s a thankless activity.
“I believe it’s a must to handle these expectations however you are at all times making an attempt to upskill and get higher.”
Buttler on Salt being wicketkeeper
Buttler handed wicketkeeping duties over to Phil Salt for the ultimate two matches however was coy about whether or not he intends for the change to change into a everlasting one.
“I might most likely take just a few days to kind of replicate on that. It is good generally in the course of the over to be nearer to the bowler, however if you’re conserving wicket you may at all times run down and run again,” he added.
“I just like the view as a wicketkeeper behind the stumps, to have the ability to see precisely what’s taking place, however I get pleasure from fielding as effectively. I do not actually have any enormous desire both manner.”
England’s subsequent white-ball task will not be till a T20 collection towards Pakistan in Might so Buttler and head coach Matthew Mott can take inventory after a tough previous few months.
“I’ve had some low moments, for positive. It was an enormous disappointment in my profession, that World Cup that is simply gone,” mentioned Buttler.
“However after you let the mud settle there’s enormous motivation, dedication to have one other crack and maintain going. That need nonetheless burns strongly.”
What’s subsequent for England?
England’s Check workforce return to motion subsequent month after they head to India for a five-match collection, beginning with the primary Check in Hyderabad on January 25. The following motion for the white-ball aspect is on house soil in Might when Pakistan head to England for a four-match T20I collection forward of subsequent yr’s World Cup.