England captain Jos Buttler hopes to use the 2023 World Cup defeat as a driving force to push himself and the team to do better in the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies as well. Contrary to expectations, England had a poor 2023 World Cup campaign and failed to qualify for the semi-finals as well. The team managed only three wins in nine matches and where the had faced a collective batting failure up until their last two league matches.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the first ODI against the West Indies on December 3rd, Buttler said, as quoted by The Guardian: “I’ve got to use it as motivation and hunger to push myself and the team forward. I’ve got to go into the rest of my career making sure I use that as a positive experience. It’s a huge disappointment but it doesn’t define me as a person or my whole career. I’ll just use it as something to make sure I look forward now and enjoy the challenges ahead.”
Meanwhile, the selectors are already looking to the future as they haven’t added Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood to the squad. However, Jos Buttler opined on his perspective on life, which has enabled him to move on from England’s poor World Cup campaign as well.
“I’m at the stage of my life and career where I have got good perspective. I get home and have got two children who don’t really care about the World Cup. I’m a very proud guy and have disappointments, but life moves on, the world moves pretty fast. There’s always something to look forward to. It’s never as bad as you think it is, and it’s never as good as you think it is,” Jos Buttler concluded.