Jos Butler says England have had a ‘reality check’ after failing to win the White Ball series at home this summer


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Highlights from the third T20 International as England crumble to 101 to lose the series 2-1 to South Africa

Highlights from the third T20 International as England crumble to 101 to lose the series 2-1 to South Africa

Jos Butler said England had been subjected to a ‘reality test’ after failing to win a string of clean sheets at home this summer, with the captain urging his players not to think about their past successes.

England put on a lukewarm display at bat as they were toppled 101 on Sunday in the crucial T20I against South Africa in Southampton, following a 2-1 loss to Proteas after a tied ODI series against the same opponent and a 2-1 comeback in India in a 20+50 cricket game.

“I think it’s a reality check,” said Butler – who took over from 2019 FIFA World Cup-winning captain Owen Morgan 50 in late June.

“We haven’t played the best game of cricket in a long time and I don’t think we’ve managed to come out on top.

“We cannot live in the past and win ourselves over the appearance of the changes that have been made to English cricket and the successes we have had.

“It’s about looking forward and trying to chase the best teams in the world and be at the forefront of that.

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After England’s 90th defeat at the Ages Bowl, Butler added: “We need to have an honest conversation.

“You don’t want to overreact to situations, but you can get frustrated on the floor with chants of ‘keep it up, England’.”

“You don’t want to be attached to that. You can handle losing but you want to make sure you stay true to what you believe in and I think we failed in the way we played.

“What is disappointing is the way we landed. We lacked intention and confidence and didn’t put the opponent under pressure. We have never been successful in shooting and initiative fighting.

“We need to understand where this lack of consistency comes from. Whether it was overconfidence or lack of confidence, we couldn’t sustain the performance.

“As individuals and as a team, we didn’t give our best. The first place I would look is myself. I want to lead from the front as a captain and I know I haven’t reached the level that I would like.”

England went through a summer at home without winning a series of white balls for the first time since 2013

England went through a summer at home without winning a series of white balls for the first time since 2013

England have 10 other T20 internationals ahead of their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Perth on October 22, with seven matches in Pakistan from mid-September and then three in Australia.

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When asked before Sky Sports Cricket “I will,” said former captain Morgan, if he would describe England’s batting effort against South Africa at the Ageas Bowl as “timid”. England’s strength is their aggressive shooting, but that seemed temporary in this game.

“In previous years England would have played a lot of shots earlier rather than giving him more thought, more calculation.

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“You are closer to losing the game than to advancing. [Former England head coach] Trevor Bayliss was always talking about your power seal, but we’ve never seen that from England.

“I can’t put my finger on it because the personnel haven’t changed much, other than my retirement and not having Ben Stokes on this team, and the batters, up to number 8, are very aggressive .”

England white ball coach Matthew Mott said the South African defeat was “a streak in the sand”, adding: “We struggled with confidence with the bat and the ball.

“We’re going to use The Hundred very well to have that confidence, so when we prepare for Pakistan and the World Cup, we’re a slightly different team.”

The Hundred start on Wednesday with defending men’s champion Southern Brave hosting the Welsh Fire at the Ageas Bowl. Watch the show from 6.30pm on Sky Sports The Hundred ahead of First Ball at 7pm.