'We didn't think too much about past poor performances'- Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler in action [Source: Associated Press]
England kept their semifinal hopes alive in the ongoing T20 World Cup as they steamrolled New Zealand by 20 runs in a must-win contest of Super-12 on Tuesday in Brisbane.
A stupendous batting performance by the opening duo of Alex Hales and Jos Buttler set the tone for the match. Later, in the second half, England bowlers got on the throats of the New Zealand batters from the word go and defended the target with consummate ease.
In the post-match presentation, skipper Buttler stressed that they weren't bothered by the past performances and focused on today's game, which led them to a thumping win.
Here's how Jos Buttler reacted to England's emphatic win
"I said at the toss that we didn't think too much about the past poor performance, we have great players in the playing XI and the squad, and we had the confidence that showed up today,
"It's a ruthless tournament, last year South Africa went out despite having 4 wins out of 5 games. This is a World Cup, there will be pressure and the best teams do thrive under it."
Shedding light on England's batting against the Black Caps on Tuesday, Buttler said that it was a tricky wicket to bat on and lavished praise on his fellow opening partner Alex Hales for his half-century knock.
"Hales played brilliantly, we know what he is capable of. You need to be patient in T20 cricket, you need to keep backing guys. It's important to keep pushing them and keep encouraging them. We were aiming for 160-165, but we managed to push beyond that."
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