T20 World Cup: We are confident as we have great players in the squad, says Buttler | Cricket News


BRISBANE: England On Tuesday, captain Jos Buttler insisted his side were not overthinking the shock defeat to Ireland as they knew they had the confidence and the squad to bounce back in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
England were under pressure after their defeat to Ireland on 26 October, but they kept their semi-final hopes alive with a 20-run win against New Zealand Tuesday here.
“We didn’t think too much about the last poor performance (defeat against Ireland), we have great players in the playing eleven and in the squad, we had the confidence that came today,” Buttler said at the presentation after the match said.
“We’re batting deep, I thought the wicket was a bit difficult, especially against spin and I thought Alex Hales played a good hand, it’s all about partnerships, one day he gets going, another day he’ll be my turn.”
Buttler, who was named Man of the Match for his 47-ball 73, said teams will be under pressure in certain ways in such a big tournament.
“It’s a ruthless tournament, last year South Africa went out despite four wins from five games. This is a World Cup, there will be pressure and the best teams thrive under it.”
He went on to talk about the game, saying: “The game was shaped in different ways, spin was tough, we wanted to be flexible with both bat and ball – the way Moeen bowled that fantastic first over, he gave New Zealand a lot under pressure.
“Hales played brilliantly, we know what he’s capable of. You have to be patient in T20 cricket, you have to keep supporting guys. It’s important to keep pushing them and keep encouraging them.”
Buttler said his decision to bat first after winning the toss was the right one.
“We were aiming for 160-165 but we managed to push on. We had success batting first. The matches against Australia we won batting first. You always have to take wickets in the second half.
“Batting first was the right option for us today. The pitch was a bit damp. He (Curran) bowled well and hit the wickets hard. First we have to win against Sri Lanka (in the next match).”
On going past Eoin Morgan as England’s leading run-scorer in men’s T20Is, Buttler said: “It’s nice at the end of a career when you look back at things on an individual level.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted that England were the better team on the day.
“Credit to the way England played, they put us under pressure. They played beautifully, hats off to them, they were quite clinical,” Williamson said.
“It was slightly above par total. We tried to take it a bit deep, but credit to the way they bowled. It was quite difficult.”
Williamson dropped Buttler when the England captain was on 8 in the power play. The Kiwi skipper appeared to take a blinder at the covers but the ball spilled out of his hands.
“You don’t want to do that (drop Buttler’s catch), he will make you pay. He played a beautiful knock in a big game for them. I thought I had it (Buttler’s catch) in my chest , it ended up being a little embarrassing when I watched the replays,” Williamson said.
“He (Phillips) batted beautifully, he got a century in the last game, and turned the momentum in our favor today. You will be put under pressure in tournaments like this, but we have to take the positives and move on to the next game.”


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