Jos Buttler: England captain reflects on exit from T20 World Cup and promises review after rout of India | cricket news

England captain Jos Buttler has vowed a thorough review after his side’s up-and-down T20 World Cup that ended with a semi-final thrashing by India.

When England won the tournament in 2022, they defeated the same opponents at the same stage by 10 wickets in Adelaide, but this time the situation was reversed.

Chasing 172 on a difficult batting pitch, Buttler’s team were bowled out for 103, falling to a 68-run defeat to ensure they exit the Caribbean after a bitter defeat.

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Jos Buttler, Phil Salt and Jonny Bairstow were all out in quick succession in England’s chase of 172 against India.

Their efforts in the tournament have at least been an improvement on their previous title defence, a miserable campaign at last year’s Over-50 World Cup in which they racked up six defeats in nine matches, but questions remain to be answered.

While England proved too much for their partner nations Oman, Namibia and the United States, they underperformed against their more prestigious rivals, losing to Australia, South Africa and India throughout the tournament.

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Highlights from the T20 World Cup semi-final between India and England in Guyana.

“We will review everything and come up with a plan, no doubt,” Buttler told reporters after his team’s World Cup exit.

“We have to review what we need to do better as a team, whether that is our way of playing, the personnel, the style of cricket.

“After a loss like that, you’re ready to have a little bit of space to take it in and process it so you can look back at not just this game but the last few months.

“I think there is a lot of talent in English football. It’s up to us as a team and a country in England to harness that talent, develop it and make sure we can continue to have a good team in the future. There is some time between now and the next few games so we’ll see what happens.”

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England lose their eighth wicket to resume their calamitous innings as miscommunication between Liam Livingstone and Jofra Archer results in a messy run.

In the short term, Buttler will return home to spend time with his family, particularly his newborn third child who arrived shortly before the tournament.

“To be honest, I just hope I can get some time away from the game,” he added.

“You can sit here and get emotional after a loss, but I don’t need to go too deep into it right now.

“I think reaching the semifinals is an achievement, but we wanted to go all the way. That’s why we came here. We played well enough to get to this stage, but unfortunately we haven’t lived up to it.”

Watch the T20 World Cup final in Barbados from 3pm on Saturday (first ball 3.30pm), live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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