It’s a relief reaching into the semi-final: Jos Buttler
English cricketer Jos Buttler revealed a fusion of relief and excitement presided over him as England confirmed the semi-final berth of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
England have had to dig deep for reaching into the final four following their back to back defeats against Sri Lanka, Australia and earlier against Pakistan as well.
But the 31-run win over India and 119-run demolition of New Zealand propelled them into the top four.
“It feels great. We’re excited and have a bit of relief as well,”
said Buttler after England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1992.
“It’s obviously been two tough games to finish to qualify, and we showed great character to come through with two very good performances,” he said.
The 28-year old England vice-captain further said, “We are just very excited to be in a semi-final. From the start I think it was the minimum requirement, the first stage we had to get to.”
“We stood up and played our brand of cricket under that pressure.
“That breeds a lot of confidence for the group, that our way is the best way and gives us a lot of chance of performing. That’s what we have resorted to in the two must-win games and shows that we must continue that,” he said.
The hot favorites host nation will have their semi-final clash either against Australia or India next week in Edgbaston.
“I’ve been a bit disappointed not to have contributed as much as I’d like. I haven’t quite executed or made the right decision and have found ways of getting out,” said Buttler.
“Luckily I still have another chance for another innings or two in the World Cup.”