On their defeat in the first ODI match of the West Indies tour of England 2023, the skipper Jos Buttler was disappointed and admitted that his batting skills need to be improved.
Jos Buttler confesses on his poor batting form
The England vs West Indies first ODI match concluded with the victory of the hosts by four wickets. Batting first England had a good start as Salt scored 45 runs on 28 deliveries. With the dismissal of Salt, Zak Crawley helped the side with 48 runs and Harry Brook was impressive with his 71 runs.
By the end of 50 overs, England set up a huge target of 325 runs against West Indies. West Indies had an impressive start with Alick Athanaze and Brandon King scoring 66 and 35 runs respectively.
Shai Hope stood to his captaincy as he scored 109 runs on 83 deliveries and helped the side in the high-scoring encounter. Romario Shepherd scored 49 runs and helped the side to victory. Shai Hope was named as the Player of the Match as he smashed a century in the match. His presence in the field boosted the confidence on West Indies batters and supported him with their partnership.
Despite England playing well on their innings, they lost the match by four wickets. The England skipper was desperate about their loss and spoke after the match.
“You always want to play well and it’s been a little while since I have played well,” Buttler said in the post-match interview. “I just need to work hard and trust that it will come back,” he added.
“Fantastic game of cricket. A lot of credit goes to Shai Hope. We asked a lot of questions of them but they played well towards the end. Thought it was a fantastic batting effort (from England), really loved the intent that the guys came out with.”
“The wicket was a bit tricky in the middle, they bowled well and slowed it up but it was a great effort. A brilliant game of cricket, and credit to Shai Hope and Shepherd, it was fantastic hitting and we will learn a lot from that. We did some things well, lot to take out of it, we’re looking forward to the next,” said the skipper.
The second ODI match of the England tour of the West Indies will be played on December 06, at Sri Vivian Richards Stadium.