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News - 23rd January 2014

Buttler's Determination

Buttler's Determination

JOS BUTTLER is determined to ensure that England leave the WACA on Friday without an unwanted record.

Going into the Fourth ODI at Perth, The Three Lions have registered nine successive defeats against Australia – another defeat will seem them venture into uncharted territory.

But the Lancashire batsman-wicketkeeper has revealed the determination within the camp to beat their old adversaries.

Speaking to ecb.co.uk, he said: “Obviously we are very desperate to avoid that (losing record). It’s not a tag anyone would like.

“You go into every game wanting to win it and we haven’t done that this tour. Everyone is very disappointed with that fact, but Friday is another opportunity to try and turn that around.”

He added: “It is a major focus for us to win a game of cricket. We haven’t done that on this tour and everyone knows why, because we haven’t performed well enough.

“We have to turn that around at some point. We can’t hide behind the fact and no-one wants to continue losing every game of cricket anyone ever plays for England again.

“One-day cricket is a tough game to play when your confidence has been knocked,” he said.

“You need to play with that free, open mind. That’s something we need to do. We can’t worry about consequences of playing a shot and worrying about getting out.

“We just need to take that mentality in - we had a good chat on Tuesday and a day off yesterday. Everyone is feeling refreshed.

“You’ve seen the Australians playing with a good brand of cricket and a very confident brand of cricket naturally because they are winning games.

“It’s a very tough thing to do when you are losing games to not worry about the outcomes of potentially getting out and these sorts of things.

“That’s something we have to do - lose that worry of those kinds of things and know what good players we are and be confident in that.”
 

Image: Getty Images/Ian Hitchcock


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