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'Gut Call' Gone Wrong; Buttler Admits Taking A Wrong Decision Vs Australia

Travis Head hitting a six  to Will Jacks [X]Travis Head hitting a six  to Will Jacks [X]

In a crucial T20 World Cup match in Barbados, England suffered a heavy defeat against Australia, losing by 36 runs. The match took a surprising turn early on when England skipper Jos Buttler made a bold decision to bowl Will Jacks in the second over, despite Jacks having limited experience at this level.

This decision allowed Australia to gain significant momentum, setting the highest powerplay score (74) and total (201) of the tournament so far.

England's Skipper Reflects On Costly Bowling Decision

England's gamble was evident when Jos Buttler handed the ball to Will Jacks after Moeen Ali's tidy opening over, which cost just three runs.

However, Jacks's over was disastrous, conceding 22 runs, including three sixes from Travis Head.

Buttler acknowledged the risk involved, stating, "It was a gut call to go with Jacksy. Hindsight makes it easy to think differently. We discussed bowling two spinovers to the left-handers, and Moeen bowled excellently first up. After seeing Moeen's over, I went with Will, but they hit some good shots in extreme conditions."

The decision set a challenging tone for England, and Australia capitalized, dictating the game from the start. Despite other factors contributing to the loss, Buttler's unconventional call was seen as an unforced error.

England now faces an uphill battle in Group B, sitting fourth out of five teams with the worst net run rate.

To progress to the Super 8 stage, they need convincing wins against Oman and Namibia in Antigua. Their next match is against Oman on June 13 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.