England grabbed a consolation win by 17 runs in the third and final T20I after already losing the series to India 1-2. The series was Jos Buttler’s first assignment as England’s full-time captain.
England’s Reece Topley reacts during a T20I match against India. (Courtesy: AP)
- England avoided clean sweep against India 1-2 in T20Is
- Reece Topley says England wants to be brave and aggressive
- The series was Jos Buttler’s 1st assignment as full-time captain
England pacer Reece Topley conceded that his team’s last two performances were not ideal against India but assured that the process they are trusting in will pay off.
England grabbed a consolation win by 17 runs in the third and final T20I after already losing the series to India 1-2.
“The last two performances weren’t ideal from us but, again, you trust the process and it’s a brand that when you come to tournaments, it will pay off: being brave and aggressive and always taking the front foot and the aggressive option,” Topley said in the press conference.
Topley added that what they want to achieve is a long-term goal and hopes for the team’s success at the T20 World Cup 2022 in October.
“I think it’s a long-term goal. It’s not necessarily about this series, it’s the T20 World Cup in October – where are we going to be and how are we going to play to be successful in that?”
Topley also backed his captain Jos Buttler, saying he brings great qualities to the captaincy.
Buttler was named England’s limited-overs captain after Eoin Morgan retired from international cricket. The three-match T20I series against India, which England lost, was captain Buttler’s first assignment.
“I kept looking at Jos and I couldn’t really tell the situation of the game from when we were on top to chasing balls some overs. It’s a credit to him and one of his great qualities that he’ll bring as a captain.
“In a high-scoring game, it’s easy to get carried away with emotions. I think that’s almost a skill in itself, as much as bowling slower balls and whatever, it’s about keeping your head and keeping all your emotions under control and not getting wrapped up in everything, said Topley.
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