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Buttler defends England selections after Bangladesh series loss

Published : 13 Mar 2023 09:26 PM

Skipper Jos Buttler has defended England's experimental selections after the world champions lost the Twenty20 series in Bangladesh with a match to spare.

The hosts won the first T20 by six wickets and followed it up on Sunday with victory by four wickets in Dhaka.

It was a wake-up call for England's usually ruthless white-ball unit with the 50-over World Cup on similarly tricky low-bounce pitches later this year in India. Buttler's side defeated Bangladesh in the preceding one-day series but lost batsman Will Jacks to injury and did not call up a replacement. T20 World Cup-winners Ben Stokes and Harry Brook were absent after Test duties.

"It's a different balance and it's a different kind of feel to the team," said Buttler, after his side was bowled out for 117 in a low-scoring match on Sunday. "I think we need to give exposure to guys, especially who, in these conditions, also will probably play a part in the 50-over World Cup. "Felt like a great chance to expose the all-rounders' batting, maybe one spot higher than they may be in a normal team."