After England crashed out of the 2015 edition with defeat against Bangladesh, the side face massive backlash and were accused of being way behind modern ODI game.
Eoin Morgan then led the team’s transformation and guided England to their maiden title in the 2019 edition.
With six defeats in nine games in the 2023 edition, Buttler did admit that a few of the guys from golden generation might not be around during the next big event — the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2025.
“I don’t think there will be a drastic change of plan like we had in 2015. There are a few things we need to change and build something new. Doesn’t mean there’ll be a huge clear-out but we have work to do to become a top team again,” Buttler said at post match presentation ceremony.
Ben Stokes, in all likelihood, played his last ODI while David Willey played his last game. Moeen Ali might not be around in 50-over cricket in another two years’ time while likes of Mark Wood or Chris Woakes also might take some decision based on work-life balance.
“The World Cup as a whole is a disappointment. We spoke together about how if this is the last game for a lot of players, then let’s make some good memories at the very least.”
Buttler felt Saturday’s 93-run win against Pakistan was a real version of this English team.
“Lots to reflect on and ultimately disappointing but good to win today. We showed the true version of ourselves. We haven’t shown enough what we’re capable of. Lots of us haven’t performed to our level,” he said.
Not having Ben Stokes for crucial games also became a factor.
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“To not have him (Stokes) available for a few games was a challenge but we’re a good enough team to have been able to deal with it.”
(With inputs from PTI)