, describing it as a “huge disappointment.” The team’s recent eight-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in Bengaluru has left them on the brink of elimination, with only four group games remaining.
Buttler expressed, “It’s not a lack of talent. [We have] a lot of experienced guys who are fantastic cricketers. So absolutely, it’s a huge frustration. This tournament’s gone nowhere near the way we wanted to; it’s been a huge disappointment.”
England’s High Hopes Shattered
Buttler, who previously captained England to victory in the T20 World Cup in Australia, had arrived in India with high hopes of securing a second consecutive 50-over World Cup title to complement their 2019 triumph. However, England has faced substantial defeats in four out of five games, making their qualification for the semi-finals seem reliant on “a few miracles,” in Buttler’s own words.
Jos Buttler commented, “I’ll walk back in the dressing room after this [press conference] and look at the players sat there, and think: ‘How have we found ourselves in this position with the talent and the skill that’s in the room?’ But it is the position we’re in; it’s the reality of what’s happened over the last three weeks and that’s a huge low point.”
Buttler emphasized that England’s struggles were not due to a lack of talent, considering the squad comprises experienced and exceptional cricketers. The captain expressed his deep frustration at the unexpected downturn in their tournament performance.
He stated, “I don’t think there’s any blame elsewhere apart from ourselves.”
Buttler Acknowledges Personal Responsibility
Reflecting on his own performance, Buttler acknowledged that he had been “a long way short of [his] best.” As a leader, he expressed his desire to lead through his performance, which he felt he had not achieved in this tournament.
Buttler commented on his performance as captain, saying, “You’re always questioning, as captain, how you can get the best out of players; how you can get the team moving in the right direction. I certainly have a lot of confidence and belief in myself as a leader and as a captain, and first and foremost, as a player.”
No One to Blame but Ourselves
Buttler dismissed external factors and took responsibility for the team’s underwhelming performance, saying, “I don’t think there’s any blame elsewhere apart from ourselves.” He noted that schedules and external circumstances were not to blame, highlighting the support and resources at England’s disposal.
He added, “The schedules are the schedules, and we’ve got a lot of things in our favour: we’ve got fantastic support from the coaches within the environment; we get fantastic support from our fans as a country, and we’ve let them all down.”
A Shock to All
Buttler concluded by describing the past few weeks as “incredibly disappointing” and a “shock.” The captain expressed his belief that England had let down their fans, despite the favourable circumstances they enjoyed.
He stated, “It’s been a really tough few weeks, incredibly disappointing – a shock to perform the way we have with the team that we do have.”
Focused on Creating New Success
Buttler emphasized that in sports, relying on past achievements or complacency was not an option. He acknowledged the importance of continuously creating something new, a sentiment he had shared at the beginning of the tournament.
Despite the challenges faced by the England cricket team, the captain remains determined to regroup and focus on their future performances in the Cricket World Cup 2023.