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From Buttler’s workload to the Malan debate, 5 things we learned from the England T20 series defeat

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Buttler was an excellent choice to succeed Morgan as captain, but leading the team on the field while nurturing the captaincy is a huge challenge

India, who had already concluded the three-game streak with sweeping wins last Thursday in Southampton and Edgbaston two days later, eventually lost by 17 runs, including a 119-run streak in 61 balls with Shreyas, despite Suryakumar’s efforts in Nottingham Iyer helped your team recover from 31 for three.

TRENT BRIDGE – England sealed a consolation win in their last Twenty20 international against India at Trent Bridge on Sunday, successfully defending a 216 goal despite a fine 117 from 55 by Suryakumar Yadav.

The result gives Jos Buttler his first win since taking over as England’s full-time white-ball captain from Eoin Morgan last week.

Here are five things we learned from England’s 2-1 loss in a row…

England is still one of the World Cup favorites

That series loss will hurt but remember England were missing key players in Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (both rested), Adil Rashid (gained permission to make the pilgrimage to Mecca) and Mark Wood (injured).

They will be a different matter in full force, although India have shown that perhaps they, and not England, are now the clear favorites for the World Cup which begins in Australia in October.

It might be time to lighten Buttler’s burden

Opening batting, keeping the wicket and captaining T20 cricket may not be manageable for Buttler in the long run. There is no doubt that he must remain at the head of the Order and he was an excellent choice to succeed Morgan as captain. But leading the team on the field while taking care of the captaincy is a big challenge. In the chaos of a T20, there is so much to think about. Having a better position to change courts and consult bowlers at center or center instead of relaying messages to lieutenants like Chris Jordan would help.

Also, the clarity of thought that the loss of the Buttler gloves could give would certainly be an advantage. Handing over the gloves to Bairstow would solve the problem. Could England consider it ahead of the World Cup?

The Malan debate will continue for some time

Before Dawid Malan hit 77 of 39 balls at Trent Bridge, he had gone a full year without an international T20 half-century. He would have extended that run too if Harshal Patel hadn’t dropped him to four from his own bowling. But Malan, no longer number 1 in this format, was taking advantage of that life in a way.

His No. 3 position has long been a matter of controversy, especially since he’s chewing on early deliveries, a problem when he’s not competing. Having Bairstow at three instead and keeping a younger hitter like Phil Salt or Harry Brook, who hit an excellent 19 with nine balls yesterday, might be preferable. Malan’s place is likely secure for now, but debate will continue.

The importance of Jordan should not be underestimated

Chris Jordan’s hauls of two for 23 and four for 27 when the series was live show just how important he is to this team. He then took two more wickets as he finished the final over of the final game in Nottingham. Add to this that Jordan is the team’s best outfield player and an integral leader on the field and it’s clear he’s indispensable to England.

Wood is crucial to England’s chances in Australia

Looking ahead to the World Cup, Reece Topley, who won three for 22 in the final on a super-flat Trent Bridge pitch, looks like the best English left-arm bowling option. But England desperately need a real right-arm pace option when Australia arrive. With Jofra Archer unlikely to be fit, it means getting Wood fit is of paramount importance.

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