India defeat is a blip, not a trend, insists Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler insists England’s world-beating one-day side have not lost their golden touch after Sam Curran’s heroics narrowly failed to salvage a morale-boosting win in India.

Jos Buttler: ‘We’ve been a brilliant side for a long time now, I wouldn’t read too much into it’. (Picture: AP)

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.

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“We’ve been a brilliant side for a long time now, I wouldn’t read too much into it,” said Buttler.

India's captain Virat Kohli, left, interacts with England's Sam Curran at the end of the third One Day International cricket match between India and England (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

“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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England's Eoin Morgan, centre, pats team-mate Sam Curran as he walks off the field. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)