Jos Buttler discusses the ‘defending champions’ term

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England became the first nation to ever win the 50-over World Cup under the inspiring leadership of Eoin Morgan. After the West Indies and Australia failed to defend the coveted crown, England will be led into the World Cup four years later by Jos Buttler.

Buttler said that he dislikes the term “defending champions” after his team defeated New Zealand in a recent ODI series. He believes his team is beginning from scratch, just like the other teams competing in the event.

Jos Buttler shares his views on ‘defending champions’ tag

We’re not making any defenses. We intend to travel there and take the World Cup. After the series victory over the Kiwis, he declared, “We’re in exactly the same position as every other team.” On the eve of England’s inaugural match against the Blackcaps, he reaffirmed the same.

For me, the past is in the past. You can’t recreate something, or hold onto it forever. It’s all about something new. It’s fantastic to be champions and the reigning champions, and I won’t say we’ve left that behind completely because it’s a nice place to be. But I do feel like you’ve given that trophy back now. It’s about trying to create something new “. Buttler said it ahead of the first match of the ODI World Cup 2023 versus New Zealand in Ahmedabad on Thursday, October 5.

We must be motivated to attempt it again and to shift our attention to something else. Things from the past can serve as useful points of reference: you talk about experience, but as a young player, I never trusted it. I believed that you could either succeed or fail“. Buttler continued, “But there are times when things happen and it’s great to look back on them now that I’m an older player.

Even if England is one of the favorites to win the championship game, Buttler wants to concentrate on each game as it happens.

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