'Jos Buttler would rather get bowled out for a lower score' - Sam Curran praises England captain for 'positive intent' in batting

Curran also feels that it's great to have Ben Stokes back in the mix for the ODI World Cup 2023.

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Jos Buttler and Sam Curran. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England have completely changed the face of white-ball cricket in recent times. Under the able leadership of Eoin Morgan, the Three Lions decided to play an aggressive brand of cricket in the white-ball format and it eventually became a part of their system. After Morgan’s retirement, Jos Buttler kept the philosophy alive and courtesy of the same, they are once again one of the favourites to win the upcoming ODI World Cup, which is slated to begin on October 5. 

Meanwhile, speaking about the tactics, England all-rounder Sam Curran mentioned that the team is not going to change their approach and play with positive intent as skipper Buttler prefers that. The cricketer also added that  the stumper-batter aims to break boundaries and push the team hard in order to put the opposition under pressure. 

“Jos wants our team to attack with flair – he'd rather get bowled out for a lower score, showing positive intent, than meander our way to a safe score. He always wants to be breaking boundaries, pushing teams and putting them under a lot of pressure. Naturally, people want to see fours, sixes and wickets.

“You see the way England are playing Test cricket now with Ben Stokes coming in (as captain). They want players to attack, attack, attack. No team has really done that before and they've caught others off guard, so it's about breaking the traditions in a way to keep the game moving forward,” Curran told GQ magazine.

It is huge to have Ben Stokes back: Curran

Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODI cricket last year but returned back to the scheme of things ahead of the World Cup 2023. Speaking about the same, Curran mentioned that it’s a huge deal for the team as he is a proven match-winner.

“It's huge. He’s the man of the moment. In most situations, he always seems to be that guy. Looking back at the last World Cup, he's the one who got them so close. He retired but I knew that if his body could do it, he really wanted to come back. He's a massive player to have and his presence and skill are up there with the best in the world,” Curran mentioned.

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