Jos Buttler admitted he will need time to settle into his role as England captain after his side suffered another series defeat by India.
When Eoin Morgan retired from England duty last month, Buttler was the logical successor, but he has started his white-ball reign with 2-1 losses in both the Twenty20 and One-Day series.
However, Buttler accepted that he is a relative newbie as a skipper, so he will be relying on the guidance of head coach Matthew Mott and other veteran players in the dressing room in the weeks and months to come.
“I feel like a really seasoned cricketer but in terms of captaincy I’m quite a young captain with a lot of opportunity to develop and learn about the role,” he said.
“I think it’s going to take a little bit, I want to try to walk before I can run, I just need to train, be myself and use the people around me to help me.
“There are such experienced guys in the dressing room and the whole coaching staff have been really helpful to me and I can definitely count on these guys to help me.”
The schedule this month is unbroken – England are now halfway through a program of a dozen games in 25 days – and Buttler conceded it’s been a baptism of fire.
“There were a lot of games in a very short time, which was also a challenge,” he said. “It would be nice to have a day to do a little bit of thinking and not think all the time, so it’s been busier than I think it would normally be.”
Hardik Pandya’s ODI-best four for 24 and a fine 71 from 55 combined with Rishabh Pant’s stunning 125 not from 113 deliveries sealed a five-wicket win for India at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday.
Chasing 260, India had slipped to 72 for four as Reece Topley captured the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit and Virat Kohli. Pant could have failed at 18, while Craig Overton misjudged his position on the boundary when Pandya was down six, misses that were costly as the pair achieved a crucial 133-run union.
“If you give good players a second chance, there’s a good chance they’ll hurt you,” Buttler said. “If we manage to take those two chances, I think we would have won the game.
“Rishabh is a fearless player, someone who is great to watch in all formats. It’s his mentality that sets him apart. He looks like he’s going to get great support to play how he wants.”
Buttler scored the highest for England with 60 balls from 80 but it was another underperformance as they failed to hit their overs for the third time and bowled with 25 balls unused for 259.
“We just have to get better, we’re far from our best and we’ve come back to the T20 too,” added Buttler, whose side begin a three-game ODI series against South Africa on Tuesday.
“We haven’t played much ODI cricket lately and it’s working the rhythm again.
“You have to be able to adapt to all different conditions. Our goal is to be the best team in the world and that means adapting quickly to what’s ahead.”
India’s last 50-over game in Manchester ended in a World Cup semi-final defeat by New Zealand three years ago, but Pandya insisted the tourists were unconcerned with the past.
“This win means a lot for the team,” said the all-rounder. “Everyone thought England were one of the best teams in the world. Coming here, performing and winning is more important.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/jos-buttler-india-england-matthew-mott-twenty20-b2125236.html England captain Jos Buttler is ready to learn on the job after losing in the Indian series