Captain Jos Buttler insisted that England’s cue-ball batting remained his “super strength” and that he would not be derailed after being dodged cheaply by India in the first one-day international.
Having lost the Twenty20 series 2-1, England filled their top six with returning stars Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for the first of three over-50 matches, only to rack up 110 with half the allotted innings unaccounted for. use.
Stokes and Root failed to score, joining Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone in the duck hunt, while Bairstow’s best run in Test cricket career did not hold as he was sacked for seven.
Indian duo Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, made batting look easy as they earned a 10-wicket win in just 18.4 overs.
Buttler has now lost three of his four games since Eoin Morgan’s retirement left him in charge of the limited overs pool, but he is confident nothing drastic is required.
“You certainly don’t want days like that to come, and they come few and far between, but today is one of those days and it’s hard to accept,” he said.
“Certainly it’s key not to panic, to do too much research and find too many flaws. India played fantastically well and we didn’t manage to deal with it as well as we would have liked.
“But, if I look back over the last five or six years, hitting has been our super strength in this form of the game.
“You look at the names of the guys there, they’re some of the best players we’ve ever had, so there’s no need to panic and not a lot of time to think about it.
“We will try to learn from him as much as we can, but we will stick to what we know and there is a great confidence in that locker room that there are brilliant players there.
“We need to be positive and come back and fix things when we play on Thursday.”
The game proved to be a disappointing meeting for the World Cup-winning unit of Roy, Bairstow, Root, Stokes and Buttler, who played an ODI together for the first time since the 2019 final.
Circumstances have ensured they haven’t made the same XI in the last three years, with Covid restrictions, the break and rotation and Stokes’ hiatus in 2021 all factors.
England’s schedule means things will continue to be tough for those who are first-choice players in all formats, but Buttler understands the compromises that need to be made.
“It’s been a long time since we all played together and it’s difficult,” he said.
“I think the schedules are getting tougher for players of all formats to play all games, so we just have to be careful to manage all those guys.
“The key is to come to those ICC events clear with who your best team is, but also with guys that are fresh and as good for those tournaments as possible. There will be times in bilateral series where guys will miss out because it’s just unattainable for guys to play every game.”
England’s fate was resolved with a graceful performance from Jasprit Bumrah, the India closer who posted a career-best six of 19 and finished things off with four wickets at the top and two at the bottom.
He was less emphatic during his post-match press duties, offering a low-key assessment of their efforts.
“I don’t look at the final results or judge my bowling game. There have been instances where I’ve bowled much better than this and got no wickets,” he said, underplaying his match-defining new-ball spell.
“It was a day where the white ball spun and there was a seam movement, so I wanted to take advantage of that. It was a good day, we got land and there was some help at the beginning, but we have to start again next time from scratch.”