England's white-ball captain Jos Buttler is "not fussed at all" about getting whitewashed by Australia in a three-match One-Day International series. This series started only four days after England won the 2022 T20 World Cup and the likes of Buttler and Moeen Ali were not too impressed with the scheduling of this series, especially considering this was not even part of the ODI Super League.
"It was always going to be a tough series for us, coming off the back of the World Cup. It's just been a few games too far and fair play to Australia, they have outplayed us. It's not part of the ranking system (Super League) so there's not as much on the games as there would be," Buttler told the BBC after England lost the third and final ODI by 221 runs in Melbourne on Tuesday (November 22).
"Any time England play Australia you want to put up good performances, but it's just been hard. I'm not fussed at all about the results, to be honest. We've got exactly what we wanted from the tour to Australia."
Former England seamer Steve Harmison felt this series was "meaningless cricket, played in a meaningless way" and Buttler wants administrators to take care of the game and find a way to keep these bilateral series relevant.
"Just to take care of it, find a way to keep it all relevant. Maybe the ICC tournaments should be a little bit more spread out: it gives you a little bit more time to prepare and it makes them probably a bit more special when they do come around as well," Buttler said when asked for his message to cricket boards.
"The landscape of cricket has changed dramatically over the last few years, and we're in a different time. Lots of people are talking about how you keep bilateral cricket relevant and I think this series is a good example of how probably not to do it.
"I think one of the biggest things is having overlapping series. We've got a group of players preparing for a Test series that shortly starts in Pakistan and we've got a team playing here at the same time. In the new year, a Test match [in New Zealand] finishes one day, and an ODI series starts the very next day in Bangladesh.
"I feel a bit for the players, to be honest - the ones who are young and coming into the game at the moment. You want to play all formats and I don't think the schedule really gives you that chance at the minute."