Having won the ODI series against Australia, England did not have a particularly good start in the T20I triangular series. They actually have a lot to make up having lost both their matches so far in the series.
However, England wicketkeeper-batsman Job Buttler is still hopeful of England making it to the finals of the tournament. Jos further added that they will do everything possible to script a comeback in the series.
"The beauty of a tri-series is we still have a chance to make the final," he said on Saturday (February 10). "It will be a nice change of scene in New Zealand. We haven't showcased our ability as we can, and there are guys who are determined to come back strong.
"After a poor performance in Hobart, we were determined to show what we are capable of tonight, but we weren't able to do that. We didn't soak up the early pressure and lost wickets. The game plan was to back it up to the end and go well. I never got going and we were never able to get to a defendable score."
Leading England in the Hobart T20I, Buttler was the only lone man standing for his team while the rest of the batting line up submitted themselves to Stanlake and co. England started woefully and were 30 for 3 inside the powerplay. Buttler played a key role in England posting 137 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs where the stand-in captain scored 46 off 49. Buttler also acknowledged he struggled to give the innings the much-needed impetus towards the end.
"Losing three early poles, I felt the best way was to then to take some balls and kick on at the end, but that never really happened," he said. "I struggled, I was trying hard and it didn't manage to work. I was hoping to be better than a run-a-ball with five overs to go and then really kick on, but it never happened. I'll have to improve and look at where I went wrong."
England now play New Zealand in Wellington on January 13. Having won all their matches, Australia have booked a spot in the finals already which will be played on February 21 in Auckland.