Jos Buttler wants T20 series win: Jos Buttler admits England needs to beat South Africa in Sunday’s T20 decider to help settle a team in transition.
Buttler took over the captaincy of England’s feared white-ball sides this month following the unexpected retirement of Eoin Morgan and has endured a trying time.
He barely had a chance to get his feet under the table after the game came thick and fast as India walked away with 50-over and 20-over honors, and the ODI against the Proteas was drawn when rain cut short. was The visitors are in a strong position at Headingley.
The teams have now traded huge victories in the sprint format, with England beating South Africa by 41 runs in Bristol and a final ‘final’ upset just 24 hours later in Cardiff by 58 runs.
And Butler knows how much it would mean to rediscover that last-minute winning feeling.
“You want to win every series you play and we haven’t won a series yet this summer. It’s something we’re not used to as a group,” he said of England chasing 208. said after being dismissed for 149 runs.
“But it’s the start of a new era for the team. There’s been some changes – a new captain and a coach (Matthew Mott), and I think that’s showing a little bit. As a group and “We need to do it soon. It would be great for him to win this series.”
Buttler did not chastise his side for the margin of defeat in Wales, admitting they need to be careful to stand a realistic chance.
“We’re not afraid to lose, we don’t want to play safe,” he said, a phrase that could easily have slipped from Morgan’s lips.
He also had some familiar advice for the out-of-form Jason Roy.
The Surrey opener has seemingly struggled in recent months, often struggling to impose himself on games in the way he has made his own.
He has scored 59 runs in his five T20 innings this season and looked troubled after his 22-ball 20 on Thursday.
Asked what advice he has for his team-mate, Butler said: “I would just remind him of all the good things he’s done, so he’ll have more confidence in himself.
“Every batsman in the world goes through patches where you don’t hit the ball as sweetly as you want. It’s easy when you’re scoring runs to say all the right things and be a man of the match but that’s when it happens. When you’re not quite right. It clicks and you have to trust what you’re doing. T20 cricket is brutal, it demands you to take risks and be brave. He should keep it up. Jason is awesome. The personality is there, teams can be scared to bowl in front of him, so you just have to remind him of that.”
South Africa’s match-winning score was built around an unbeaten 96 from Riley Russo, who put his international career on ice for six years with a Kolpak deal in Hampshire before returning to the field this week.
“It was special,” he concluded.
“Representing your country is the proudest thing anyone can do and today was an emotional day for me. I’m grateful to be where I am right now, to put in a performance like this for my country. Special to me. Hopefully, there will be more. Come on.”