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Cuttack ODI is a knockout type of a game: Jos Buttler

By Rashmi Nanda -

English One Day International team vice-captain Jos Buttler believes that India was the best place to play cricket while the visitors have not won a single game up to now on their tour of India.

Buttler stated that the England team was looking forward to winning the do-or-die second ODI against the hosts in Cuttack on Thursday. At the pre-match press conference, Buttler stated, "There's no place like India to come and play cricket. It is a fantastic experience for someone to cherish and really embrace. The atmosphere the other day in Pune (first ODI) was fantastic. The quieter it is, it's better for us. It's a fantastic challenge for us and a really enjoyable one."
He added, "We've lost the first match, so straight away it's a knock-out game for us tomorrow. Looking ahead, there's a tournament coming up in the summer and it's fantastic to be under the pressure." 

The English vice-captain said that his side has the ability to make a turn in the series as the visitor's trail 0-1 in the three-match ODI series against India after losing the first ODI by three wickets in Pune.
Jos said, "As a side, if we can come from 1-0 down and win the series 2-1... Obviously, we've got to progress one game at a time but I think it is great that we can get that excitement, not just for me but for the group that straightaway tomorrow is a knockout type of a game. I think that's a real motivation."

Despite losing the first match after scoring their best ever total of 350 against India but Buttler wanted to draw positives from that match. He said on this, "We reached 350 without anyone going on getting a 100. That's the difference between the two sides, two guys standing up for the Indian team and going past three figures. Getting to 350 should give us confidence. Guys do go on and make telling contributions, 350 plus is achievable for us as a side." 

Buttler said of Kohli, "Kohli occupies as much space as anyone else. He has been in fantastic form for a long period of time. His record is very good. Guys constantly have been coming up with plans for him"

He said about the England’s specific plan against India, "India has some other fantastic players in their side as well. We can't focus on just one player and forget about the others. Something we've been trying to do as a group is focused on our strengths and really back out strengths. Obviously, you have to specific plans."

Buttler stated about a vice-captain's role, "Yes definitely, I'm enjoying it. Under Eoin (Morgan), it's fantastic to have him back. As a wicket-keeper, your role is to always offer advice to the captain and try and come up with plans and solution.”

He said in praise of Morgan, "He has a wealth of experience; he's played a lot of cricket compared to the young group that we are. He really champions people playing in the way they believe and he goes out and shows that in the way he plays and he has done that for England.”

Jos further added, "He's one of the first revolutionary players for England and that probably shows in the group in the way the people look to him, the way he's taking his career forward and the way he champions guys to play. He gives guys a lot of confidence to go out there and play in that fashion. He's very calm under pressure, a very forward thinking guy."

Buttler also said that he enjoyed his responsibility in the team. He added on this, "That's something I want to be as a player, someone who can win games of cricket for England. That's the main driving force. The real motivation is to try and win games of cricket for England."

The English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings are out of squad and Buttler said, "I think it shows the strength and depth of the side. Sam and Jonny have been around with the group and for a long time. Getting them in the XI is the job of the selectors and captain to the pick the team and there's great competition in our squad."