England wicket keeper and attacking batsman Jos Buttler feels that England should play entertaining cricket in order to overcome dynamic visitors New Zealand in the five-match ODI series starting today.
Buttler is well aware of the Kiwis' attacking brand of cricket and feels that his side should follow the visitors and sport similar kind of attitude to bring the best out of them.
England were ousted from the very first round of ICC World Cup 2015. They managed to win just two out of the six matches they played in the group league of the World Cup. Buttler was thoroughly disappointed with his team's performance and said that they should let go off the past and enjoy the present by playing some good cricket against the Black Caps in the five-match ODI series.
"You have to be brutally honest and say we were getting it wrong. We almost had to play our perfect game to win. It's time to put the World Cup behind us. It was very disappointing but we learned some key messages.
"We have to be looking at scores of 350 and upwards. That's the way the game's going. In a few years we'll look back at the World Cup and say it was a turning-point in 50-over cricket," Buttler told the reporters ahead of their first ODI against New Zealand.
Eoin Morgan and co. will be aware of the fact that it will not be easy to beat New Zealand who ended up as the runners-up in the ICC World Cup 2015. Thus, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced a squad consisting of youth and power. They left out the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell and Moeen Ali for this ODI series. Buttler believes that with the kind of firepower they have in their lineup, they could might well do really well in this ODI series.
"The way Brendon McCullum captained, the way AB De Villiers batted. This was a moment in time when the game changed and we have to follow that lead. We don't have any other choice. We have to go out there with that freedom and no fear of failure and play the brand of cricket that is so accustomed to 50-over cricket these days. The talent is there," Buttler added.