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Schedule is hugely challenging to always get your best XI on the field : Buttler

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Last updated on 07 Mar 2023 | 04:25 AM
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Schedule is hugely challenging to always get your best XI on the field : Buttler

England had many players absent from the tour due to Test commitments and injuries

England, bagging the ODI series 2-0 against Bangladesh, thus becoming the first away side since 2016 to win an ODI series in Bangladesh, lost the final ODI by 50 runs in Chattogram. This was partly to do with the experimentation mode that they adopted for the game, handing white-ball debut to the legspinner Rehan Ahmed and promoting Sam Curran to the No.5 role. 

"We changed a few things today and gave an opportunity to people in different ways, but I thought the intensity was still there," Buttler said in the post-match interview. "We certainly believed we could win the game, and if we played well enough, we would have won the game.

"But there was an opportunity today to give Rehan a debut, and for Sam to bat at No. 5, and this is the last ODI we play now until September. So, especially in these conditions, it felt like a great chance to gather as much information as we can, and expose people to different situations. If we lost the game, then so be it. But I certainly believed we had a team and a performance that could have won the game today."

England didn’t have a lot of first choice players in the squad, with Ben Stokes already retiring from the 50-Over format, Joe Root not being available due to his commitments with the Test team and Jonny Bairstow being injured. Despite the result, Buttler stated that it was only fair that they managed the available resources carefully with the schedule becoming a huge challenge.

"I think the schedule is hugely challenging to always get your best XI on the field," Buttler said. "But the game has changed a bit [since] the previous cycle of the World Cup.

"Looking back to the T20 World Cup, we probably went into that World Cup having never played our perceived best XI. But then to get into the tournament and go on to win it, that gives you great confidence that, even though we haven't had the opportunities to always play our best team, international cricket has become [more] focused on the ICC tournaments. I think that's the way we're building towards that. And we know that, come the World Cup, we will have the opportunity to pick from everyone who's available."

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