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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.

It's a relief reaching into the semi-final: Jos Buttler

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.

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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.”

 

 

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