England wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler stated that the team is extremely disappointed with its performance and does not want to lose the Ashes in a humiliating fashion – a whitewash.
Australia leads the 5-match series 3-0 with two more games left to be played. If things pan out the way they have in the first three Tests, then England is surely going down without a win or a draw to their name.
“There’s an overriding sense of disappointment and frustration with the situation we’ve found ourselves in. We’ve not competed or played the cricket we wanted to at the start of the tour. We’re not gelling as a group and individually playing well enough to compete with Australia. We certainly don’t want to be a team to lose 5-0,” Buttler was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“It’s a very lonely place dropping a catch” – Jos Buttler
Apart from their terrible batting, England has also been poor in the field. They’ve dropped quite a few catches and have also missed a couple of simple runouts which has piled on their misery. Buttler himself has dropped a couple of sitters and he revealed that it’s quite painful for a player to go through it.
“It’s a very lonely place dropping a catch. It’s one of the worst feelings in cricket, letting down your mates. It doesn’t just hurt you; it hurts the whole team. You’ve certainly got to be able to be very strong with your character to try to come through that,” Buttler added.
Although seen as a magnificent white-ball player, Buttler is quite average in the red-ball format and it might be time for the ECB to consider bringing in Ben Foakes with an eye on the future.