England’s 50-over side went more than three-and-a-half years without losing a multi-match series, famously winning the 2019 World Cup along the way, but have now come off second best in each of their last two attempts.
They lost 2-1 at home to Australia at the end of last summer and went down by the same scoreline in Pune after Curran’s career-best 95 not out was not enough to prevent a seven-run defeat in the decider. England have made a habit of winning from unlikely positions and finding a way to clinch pressure moments in the recent past but came up short against a target of 330 as the ODI leg went the same way as the Twenty20s and Test that preceded it.
“We’ve been a brilliant side for a long time now, I wouldn’t read too much into it,” said Buttler.
“We’ve lost two series now but it’s two series in the last 11. We are still a very good side and we’re expanding the talent pool with a few guys missing and few other guys getting opportunities.
“It’s a long cycle looking ahead to the next World Cup [in 2023] and of course you want to learn and win at the same time.
“We’re disappointed when we don’t do that but there’s a big picture. I think we’re doing things right.”
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