Buttler refuses to concede defeat

13 February 2018 05:04:44 EST

Jos Buttler was disappointed that England were unable to build on a good start to their innings as they slumped to a Twenty20 defeat to New Zealand.

It was England's third defeat in the tri-series competition in a row as they had been easily defeated twice by Australia earlier in the month.

After stand-in captain Buttler, replacing the injured Eoin Morgan in the role, had won the toss and opted to field first, the Black Caps made 196-5 from their 20 overs, with Martin Guptill making 65 and Kane Williamson 72.

England got off to a great start when they replied with Alex Hales making 47 but James Vince, Buttler and Sam Billings all fell cheaply and Dawid Malan's 59 proved to be too little too late as New Zealand edged home by 12 runs.

England have only one match left - against New Zealand on Sunday 25th February - and need the Black Caps to slip up in their two games against Australia if they are to have any chance of reaching the final.

Buttler said after the disappointing defeat: "Maybe we gave them 10 or 15 runs too many. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought. We did not bowl as well as we could have but we dragged it back pretty well at the end.

"We got a fantastic start [to our innings]. When Alex Hales is in that form, he rivals anyone in that powerplay. Dawid Malan impressed as well and we needed them to extend it further. We did not get the cameos in the middle either.

"We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand - we will see what happens."

New Zealand are 6/1 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020, while Australia can be backed at 11/4 and England at 5/1.

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