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Bangladesh- England Series

Buttler happy with experimental performance despite final ODI defeat



Photo: Jos Buttler with Sam Curran, Cricfrenzy

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Jos Buttler decided to take advantage of the opportunity to experiment presented by a dead rubber in a series that England had already won and even though they ultimately fell to Bangladesh in the final one-day international, they learned some important things about their players.

Sam Curran was moved up to the top of the batting order, where he scored 23 off 49 deliveries as England gambled, but it backfired as they were defeated by 50 runs.

The white-ball debut of the young leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed included a full allotment of 10 overs, during which he took a wicket with his final ball.

“We changed a few things today and gave opportunities to people in different ways,” Buttler said.

“It is the last ODI we play until September, so especially in these conditions, it was a chance to gather as much information as we possibly can and expose people to different situations. If we lost the game then so be it, but I believed we had a team that could have won it,” he added.

There had been suggestions before the series started that Curran would bat in the top six at least once.

“We’re blessed with a lot of all-rounders and I felt like today was a good chance to use them more,” Buttler said.

“I see huge potential in Sam’s batting and today there was an opportunity for him to bat higher up the order.”