Buttler positive on England’s chances despite S Africa loss

By Reuters
June 23, 2024
England's captain and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler appeals to the umpire after taking a catch during the T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match against West Indies at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on June 19, 2024. — AFP

GROS ISLET: The 78-run partnership between Harry Brook and Liam Livingstone may prove to be crucial for England’s semi-final hopes even though it fell just short of getting them a victory over South Africa in the T20 World Cup on Friday, captain Jos Buttler said.

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Brook and Livingstone’s fifth-wicket stand helped the defending champions get within seven runs of the target, creating a clearer path to semis despite hosts West Indies pulling ahead in the group with a dominant nine-wicket win over the United States.

“I think Brook and Livingstone had a fantastic partnership on a slow wicket where other guys struggled,” Buttler told reporters in Gros Islet. “The big picture is obviously net run rate.”

West Indies, tied with England on two points, rose to second place in Group Two thanks to a superior net run rate of 1.814. Third-placed England have a net run rate of 0.412, close to leaders South Africa (0.625) who have four points. This makes it easier for England to overtake South Africa’s net run rate with a win over the U.S. on Sunday.

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