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Buttler defends England's selections after Bangladesh series loss

Last updated on 13 Mar 2023 | 09:45 AM
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Buttler defends England's selections after Bangladesh series loss

The world T20 champions struggled to score big on the sluggish surfaces in Bangaldesh to lose the series with a game to spare

Jos Buttler has defended England's selection conundrum after the defending champions lost the T20I series against Bangaldesh on Monday, March 12. 

In a three-match T20I series, the home team recorded a win by six wickets in the first outing and followed it up with a four-wicket victory to record a famous series win. 

Bangaldesh now have a series-win against all the Test-playing nations in atleast one format. Despite the series defeat, Jos Buttler defended England's experimental selections in the post-match press conference. 

"It's a different balance, and it's a different kind of feel to the team. I think we need to give exposure to guys, especially those who, in these conditions, also will probably play a part in the 50-over World Cup.

"Felt like a great chance to expose the all-rounders' batting, maybe one spot higher than they may be in a normal team," he further added. 

England were riddled with injury to Will Jacks and the unavailability of Ben Stokes and Harry Brook after the Test series, providing an ideal opportunity for the new players to cement their place in the side. 

"It felt like instead of calling up someone else, trying to use some guys who will be exposed to these conditions in the 50-over World Cup," Buttler said on the reason for not having any replacement for Jacks. 

England managed to score only 117 runs in the second T20I, with Bangaldesh getting to the target with seven balls and four wickets to spare. 

"On another day, we'll probably pick up a couple more wickets in those middle overs and thought we did well to sort of put so much pressure on Bangladesh," said the skipper. 

The two sides will lock horns in the final game on Tuesday, March 14, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. 

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