England eye ‘proper performance’ against Pakistan, says Buttler

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - England Practice - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India - November 7, 2023 England's Jos Buttler during practice REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Following a disappointing World Cup campaign, England captain Jos Buttler stated that the squad is motivated to “put things right” in India and will stop at nothing to guarantee a position in the 2025 Champions Trophy with a top-eight result.

The 2019 champions ended a five-match losing streak and moved to seventh position on four points with a 160-run victory over the Netherlands in Pune on Wednesday.

England travels to Kolkata for their last encounter against fifth-placed Pakistan, who will host the upcoming eight-team Champions Trophy, ahead of the bottom three on net run rate—Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands.

“We haven’t performed the way we wanted to this whole trip, and we’d like to leave India putting in a proper performance,” Buttler told the media.

“Everyone has been disappointed, but the lads have held together. They most likely trained as hard as they did throughout the tour, demonstrating their degree of dedication and will to make things right.

“It was a crucial match for us in the big picture, even if we weren’t playing for what we wanted to be playing for.

“It’s great to be heading there with something on the line,” he said.

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