Buttler calls for mindset change

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Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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England must “lose the fear of failure” to reach New Zealand’s one-day international “benchmark” this summer, according to Jos Buttler.

Lancashire wicketkeeper Buttler challenged England to produce a “change of mindset” for the five-match Royal London series against New Zealand that starts on June 9.

Incoming England boss Trevor Bayliss has stamped his authority on the 14-man squad to be led by Paul Farbrace in the short-format series against this year’s World Cup finalists.

Test stars Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Gary Ballance have been jettisoned in favour of a youthful line-up, building towards the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup on home soil.

Vice-captain Buttler hailed New Zealand for forcing an ODI paradigm shift at this year’s World Cup – then called on England’s new-look squad to carry that forward.

“It’s about commitment and a change of mindset,” Buttler told Press Association Sport.

“It’s fine to make a mistake, if you’re fully committed to trying to take someone on and hit someone for six over his head, and you pick out long on, that happens.

“We need to lose the fear of failure, and guys who are coming in must play exactly the same way at international level as they have at county level.

“You’ve got to keep your authenticity and your individuality and play the way you want to play, and that exciting way you’ve played for your county.

“It’s about giving guys responsibility and freedom to go and play.

“Ben Stokes is one of the most naturally talented players we’ve got in England and we just need to get him on the park and tell him to go and do his thing.

“Nine times out of 10 that’s going to be spectacular to watch, so it’s a lot about giving guys confidence.

“You’ve also got to understand you’re not going to score 100 off 60 balls every time either, but giving guys confidence and freedom to express themselves – to make that 100 off 60 balls a realistic chance.”

Uncapped wicketkeeper Sam Billings has stepped up to England’s one-day squad, with the first of five clashes against New Zealand slated for Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Buttler tipped Surrey’s Jason Roy to make a big impact against the Kiwis this summer.

“It’s a hugely exciting series, you have to commend the way New Zealand came out and played to win that second Test and draw the series at Headingley,” said Buttler.

“They really put pressure on us.

“That’s exactly what they do in one-day cricket too.

“They are very aggressive, so it’s great for us to come up against them.

“They can be a benchmark for where we need to get to as well.

“We need to follow the lead they’ve taken in one day cricket.

“In a few years’ time we’ll look back on the World Cup that’s just gone and say it was New Zealand who started to change the way one-day cricket is played.

“So we’ve got to follow their lead and then develop our own style of play within that as well.

“I don’t think we’re miles away from that though and we’ve got players who are capable of doing that.

“So it’s about going out there and just playing, enjoying international cricket, enjoying 50-over cricket and really expressing yourselves, guys going out, having some fun and showing off their talents.

“The side picked is very exciting, very explosive: these are players who can innovate, they are powerful players.

“They don’t need to do anything differently, they just need to go and do it on a grander scale.

“I’m really excited to watch Jason Roy play; I know he’s been around the domestic game for a few years, knocking on the door.

“He’s played a Twenty20 international at the back-end of last year, but he’s one of these guys who is box office and everyone knows in the county game that he’s got the potential to go on and achieve great things.

“And hopefully in this series we’ll see glimpses of just what he is capable of.

“If he comes off it will be very exciting to watch.”

Bayliss will officially take charge of England for the summer’s Ashes Test series, but Buttler admitted the new head coach is already making his presence felt.

“Trevor’s going to want his side and the way his side plays will be dictated by him,” said Buttler.

“He’s got fantastic experience in one-day cricket and it’s exciting to tap into that.

“It’s a new cycle for one-day cricket, and we’ve got to turn that into a new era.”

:: Jos Buttler was speaking at the launch of the Royal London Gilbert Cup, a new grassroots U11 cricket tournament. www.royallondoncricket.com

Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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