Windies vs England: Jos Buttler deeply saddened by head coach Trevor Bayliss’ words
"It can hurt your pride."
Updated - Feb 8, 2019 12:49 pm
Prior to their three-match Test series against the Jason Holder-led Windies, England were well and truly the favourites. However, the red-ball fixtures threw a surprise as the visitors, captained by Joe Root, have already lost the series 2-0 with one match remaining to be played from Thursday, February 9 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
After slumping to a defeat by 381 runs in Barbados, the Three Lions lost by 10 wickets in Antigua to concede the unassailable lead to their opponents. In the last game, the Brits have nothing, but pride to play for. After the defeat, Trevor Bayliss, England’s head coach was highly disappointed and he questioned the players’ determination and courage to stand tall in tough situations.
You want to prove him wrong
In the meantime, Jos Buttler, England’s vice-captain, is highly saddened by Bayliss’ words. He also sounded determined to prove him wrong in the next game.
“Yes, of course. As a player, when that kind of things are questioned, it can hurt your pride. You want to prove him wrong,” Buttler was quoted as saying in Times Now. Buttler himself didn’t do well and has only notched 55 runs in four innings at an average of 13.75 with a top score of 26 at the Bridgetown.
The 28-year-old also lauded Darren Bravo, who took 216 balls to score a half-century in the last match. “Darren Bravo showed lots of guts and courage on a tough wicket [in Antigua]. It was a good example of a way of playing and being brave. He took lots of blows. And sometimes that is what it takes,” Buttler said praising Bravo.
Furthermore, Buttler remarked that there’s no dearth of courage and determination in the English camp by any stretch of the imagination. “But the guts, courage, and determination of the group is very strong. We have not been good enough to show that at times on this tour. This week we will be looking to show lots more of that,” he added.