Cricket News: Did England lose the plot on white ball strategy? What lies ahead?

    England's white-ball home summer ended in the same sobering T20 defeats as it began in Southampton. Starting from the matches against India to the South Africa tour confirmed the change of era for England in white ball

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    England has won just four of their last 12 white-ball matches squeezed in 25 days this summer. Recently the English team got defeated in the three-match T20I series. Of four matches won, seven lost, the one ruined by rain would have made the team's ledger worse.

    Jos Buttler-led English side has fallen dismally short of all the standards set under Eoin Morgan's reign. 

    From being one of the strong contenders for the T20 World Cup in 2021, the team suddenly looks like an outsider, with the white ball wins being a thing of the past. 

    Major key takeaways for England from these series

    The duo of Jos Buttler and Matthew Potts as skipper and coach must figure out a lot for their white-ball strategy. As an opener, Jason Roy looks more like a liability for the team. Scoring 197 runs in 11 white-ball matches at a strike rate of 81 are not good figures to support the struggling English line-up, especially with Jos Buttler's batting form witnessing a dip. 

    The team should not ignore the services of Reece Topley even when their main playing XI is fit. He has emerged and proved himself to be a genius wicket-taker bowler. His 17 wickets, including the record of 6/24 against India in ODI at Lords, speak volumes of his caliber.

    The uncertainty revolving around the role of Liam Livingstone is a matter of concern. In his recent six T20Is, he has batted for four different roles, which adds uncertainty to his position. How disruptive the batter can be in middle-order is well witnessed in IPL.  

    What lies ahead for the team?

    After a disappointing 90-run defeat, skipper Jos Buttler said, "The first place I would look is myself. I want to lead from the front as captain, and I know I haven't performed at the level I would like to." 

    "We have to work out where that lack of consistency comes from. Whether it's over-confidence or lack of confidence, we have not been able to back up performances. As individuals and as a team we have not played our best," he added.

    Their coach Matthew Pott said, ". I'll be as honest as I can be and we need to just acknowledge this wasn't a great performance and even throughout the summer there are areas that we can really improve on. All we ask I suppose is a little bit of patience and a bit of perspective that we've got some building to do."

    England has ten more T20Is before the World Cup, with seven games in Pakistan from mid-September and then three in Australia. The team will look forward to overcoming the lapses and making a terrific comeback before the World Cup.