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Jos Buttler on South Africa’s hammering of England in T20I decider: ‘We need an honest conversation. You don’t want to overreact to situations but you can feel the frustration around the pitch with chants of ‘go ahead, England’. You don’t want to be associated with that”

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Highlights of the third T20 international as England crumble to 101 to suffer a 2-1 series loss to South Africa

Highlights of the third T20 international as England crumble to 101 to suffer a 2-1 series loss to South Africa

Jos Buttler says England have been hit with a ‘reality check’ after failing to win a run of clean sheets at home this summer, with the skipper urging his players not to dwell on past successes

England produced a listless batting display as they were demolished for 101 in Sunday’s T20I decider against South Africa in Southampton, with a 2-1 loss to the Proteas after a draw ODI series against the same opposition and 2-1 losses to India in 20-plus and 50-plus cricket.

Buttler – who took over from captain Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup winner at the age of 50 at the end of June – said: “I think that’s a reality check.

“We didn’t play the best cricket by far and I don’t think we were able to win.

“We cannot live in the past and congratulate ourselves on the changes that have been made in English cricket and the successes we have had.

“It’s about looking forward, trying to chase the best teams in the world and being at the forefront of that.

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Buttler added after England’s 90-point loss at the Ageas Bowl: “We need an honest conversation.

“You don’t want to overreact to situations, but you can feel the frustration on the pitch with the ‘go ahead, England’ chants.

“You don’t want to be associated with that. You can deal with defeat but you want to make sure you stay true to what you believe in and I think we fell well short of the way we played.

“What’s disappointing is the way we crashed. We lacked intention and confidence and we didn’t put pressure on the opponent. We never managed to shoot and fight against initiative.

“We have to figure out where this lack of consistency is coming from. Whether it’s overconfidence or lack of confidence, we haven’t been able to back up our performance.

“As individuals and as a team we haven’t played our best. The first thing I would look at is myself. I want to lead from the front as a captain and I know that I haven’t played at the level that I would like.”

England went through a summer at home without winning a series of white balls for the first time since 2013

England went through a summer at home without winning a series of white balls for the first time since 2013

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Asked by Sky Sports Cricket Ian Ward if he would describe England’s batting effort against South Africa at the Ageas Bowl as ‘timid’, former skipper Morgan said: ‘I would. England’s strength is their aggressive hitting, but they seemed hesitant in this game.

“In previous years, England would have played a lot more shots earlier instead of giving him more thought, more calculation.

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“You are closer to losing the game than to advancing it. [Former England head coach] Trevor Bayliss was always talking about stamping your authority, but we haven’t seen that at all in England.

“I can’t put my finger on it because the personnel haven’t changed much, other than my retirement and Ben Stokes not being on this team, and the batters, up to number 8, are very aggressive.”

England white ball coach Matthew Mott said South Africa’s thrashing was a “line-in-the-sand moment”, adding: “We lacked confidence with the bat and the ball. ball.

“We’ll really want to use The Hundred well to get that confidence, so when we prepare for Pakistan and the World Cup, we’ll be a bit of a different team.”

The Hundred kick off Wednesday with defending men’s champions Southern Brave hosting Welsh Fire at the Ageas Bowl. Watch the build-up from 6.30pm on Sky Sports The Hundred before the first ball at 7pm.




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