After England crashed out of the 2015 edition with a defeat against Bangladesh, the side faced a massive backlash and were accused of being far behind the modern ODI game.
Eoin Morgan he then led the team’s transformation and led England to their first title in the 2019 edition.
With six defeats in nine matches in the 2023 edition, Buttler conceded that several of the boys from the golden generation may not be at the next big event – the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2025.
“I don’t think there will be such a drastic change of plan as we had in 2015. There are a few things we have to change and build something new. we have to work to become a top team again,” Buttler said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Ben Stokes has most likely played his last ODI while David Willey has played his last match. Moeen Ali may not play over-50 cricket for another two years, while the likes of Mark Wood or Chris Woakes may also decide on work-life balance.
“The World Cup as a whole is disappointing. We talked together that if this is the last game for many players, let’s at least make some good memories.”
Buttler felt Saturday’s 93-run win against Pakistan was a true version of that England team.
“A lot of things to think about and ultimately disappointing, but good to win today. We showed the true version of ourselves. We didn’t show enough of what we’re capable of. A lot of us didn’t perform at our level,” he said.
Ben Stokes’ absence for key games also became a factor.
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“Not having him (Stokes) available for a couple of games was a challenge, but we’re a good enough team to deal with that.”
(With inputs from PTI)
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