England, who began their World Cup campaign as overwhelming favourites and as the top ranked team in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings, find their semi-final hopes in jeopardy after back-to-back losses to Sri Lanka and Australia. To add to their challenges, their opponents in their remaining two matches, India and New Zealand, have been in prime form, currently occupying the second and third position in the points table respectively.
However, Jos Buttler, when asked about the pressure, believed that the tough situation will bring about the best from his team. “You talk about pressure,” Buttler said with a smile. “But pressure is a privilege sometimes. We’re in a very privileged position to be in this situation.”
England play India at Edgbaston on Sunday- a venue which saw a lot of assistance for spinners in the game between Pakistan and New Zealand. The 28-year old said that it is important to be prepared for different conditions. “Whatever conditions we encounter, we have to turn up and adapt on the day.”
Eoin Morgan, the England captain, after his team’s loss to Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday, had admitted that England’s batting gets challenged a lot more if they don’t play on batting friendly surfaces. Buttler, on the contrary, believed that the hosts have been overcoming some tough playing conditions during their glorious run over the last few years.
“That’s something which maybe we haven’t been given enough credit for,” he said. “When you have flat pitches and records are broken, it’s a very obvious thing to say this is the way the team plays. But we wouldn’t have been able to win the number of games we have, home and away, if we weren’t adaptable. That’s a skill of this team, to adapt and still play a way we want to do. Going to Sri Lanka last winter… not many teams win there. We’ve faced stronger teams but we overcame conditions.”
Guys hang out of vans to wish you good luck. It seems everyone has been really behind the team and wanting us to do well.
Johnny Bairstow, the opening batsman had earlier remarked that people are “waiting for England to fail” as his team received some harsh criticism after back to back losses at Headingley and Lord’s. Buttler however, viewed the situation differently.
“Walking down the street, people wish you well,” he said. “Guys hang out of vans to wish you good luck. It seems everyone has been really behind the team and wanting us to do well.