Buttler says England are 'hurting' after shock World Cup loss

Jos Buttler says England are ‘hurting’ after shock World Cup loss as captain hints Ireland might have slowed down the over rate knowing rain was on the way and they were ahead on DLS

  • England suffered a humiliating defeat to Ireland at the T20 World Cup
  • They were five runs behind the DLS par score when rain halted the match
  • Captain Jos Buttler said his team would have to reflect on what went wrong
  • They now face a crunch meeting with hosts Australia at the MCG on Friday
  • Buttler suggested Ireland’s bowler might have slowed down the over rate
  • But he said England should not have been behind the DLS score in the first place 

Jos Buttler said England were ‘hurting’ after Ireland pulled off one of the upsets of this or any Twenty20 World Cup to claim one of the greatest victories in their history.

When rain came at the MCG with England still needing 53 off 33 balls with five wickets remaining in a Super 12 ‘local derby’, the DLS method gave Ireland what was a well deserved victory by five runs.

‘I think we should let this hurt,’ said Buttler. ‘Days like today are very disappointing and you have to feel that. There’s no point saying ‘let’s sweep it under the carpet and move on.’ We’ve got to reflect and do it quickly.

Jos Buttler said England would have to reflect on what went wrong in their loss to Ireland

The England captain congratulates his Irish counterpart Andrew Balbirnie after the defeat

‘I think, especially in the first 10 overs with the ball, that we were a long way short of the standards we set ourselves. 

‘We let Ireland get away from us and although we did drag it back in the second half that put us under a lot of pressure right from the start.’

England captain Buttler had no argument with umpires Paul Reiffel and Adrian Holdstock’s decision to take the teams off even though Moeen Ali had just taken leg-spinner Gareth Delany for 14 runs off three balls and could have won the match with a six off the next.

‘It was getting quite heavy to be honest,’ conceded Buttler. ‘Of course we would have loved to have stayed on and tried to hit a couple of sixes if we could but the rain was getting too much. I think the game was lost before that point. 

The players had gone off the field for another rain delay when confirmation of the win came

As the covers returned to the field to take the game beyond its cut off time, Ireland were ahead

‘We were a long way short of where we needed to be throughout the game and Ireland deserved to win.’

But Buttler did agree there may have been a bit of gamesmanship from Ireland in slowing the game down, which was delayed at the start, with more rain on the way. 

They were two overs short of where they should have been when the game was called off.

‘Whether it’s gamesmanship that they knew rain was coming and slowed it down I don’t know,’ added Buttler. 

Buttler walks off after being dismissed by Ireland bowler Josh Little for a two-ball duck

‘But we had everything in our favour and if we’d been ahead on DLS they wouldn’t have been slowing the game down so we should take responsibility ourselves and never have let it get to that position.’

Mark Wood, again England’s outstanding bowler with three wickets in Ireland’s 157 all out, blamed himself as part of an under-performing England attack.

‘I’m pretty angry and disappointed in myself,’ Wood told the BBC. ‘On that wicket I think I could have bowled much better. If I look solely at myself I could have been a lot more consistent and not given away as many four balls.’

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