'WC calls for smart cricket' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 21, 2019

'WC calls for smart cricket'

Jos Buttler, the England wicketkeeper batsman, has stressed on the importance of playing positive cricket if a team has to go far in the ICC World Cup 2019.

Placed No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, England are favourites to win the tournament, which starts on May 30, at home.

Recently against the West Indies, they posted their fourth 400-plus total since the last World Cup – South Africa is the only other team to have managed such a high score in that period. Buttler was one of the stars of that record-breaking game, dazzling with 150 off 77 balls in a total of 418/6.

“Getting to No.1 was a goal ahead of the World Cup,” Buttler told reporters. “Now, it is about staying true to what we're about and continually getting better and trusting that style, which will stand us in good stead at the World Cup.

"It won't be a side that plays cautiously that wins the World Cup," he said. "Even in knockout games, it will be a side that plays some brave cricket and smart cricket. If we [England] are at a crossroads, we've been going down the positive route."

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