Buttler sets lofty target after series win


Jos Buttler has set his sights on leading England to the top of the one-day international rankings after they completed a series victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday.

The tourists won by four wickets in Chittagong, where Sam Billings (62) and Ben Duckett (63) led the way.

Buttler, who contributed 25 to England's 278-6, as they triumphed with 13 balls to spare, showered his players with praise after wrapping up a 2-1 series success.

"It's a great group to captain," he said. "We're always trying to push the boundaries and there are some really skilled, talented lads in that group, so it's pleasure to do it.

"Our biggest goal is trying to become number one in the world. If we want to become that, you've got to come away and win series like these in tough conditions.

"In tough conditions, physically and mentally, we've stood up as a young side, and to come away with a series win is just reward for that."

Vice-captain Ben Stokes echoed Buttler's sentiments, adding: "Me and Jos work quite well. We're quite aggressive in how we want to play our cricket, not just with the bat and the ball, but with field placings.

"It's really exciting. The team we have had together for the last 18 months have been playing unbelievable cricket.

"If we carry on like this we'll achieve our target of being world number one."

Beaten captain Mashrafe Mortaza felt the conditions worked against his bowlers after their 277-6 total had left England sizing up the prospect of needing to complete the highest run chase in Chittagong.

"It was a decent total, but the spinners couldn't get it done because of the dew," he said. "The toss was the real factor. England's bowlers got turn. Our spinners had a lot of dew so couldn't turn the ball.

"Until the end we fought it out. But England were too good. They played really well. All credit to England. 

"We played really well this series. Tamim [Iqbal] came back into form. Overall we have played well, but the luck was not with us."

The first Test begins at the same venue on October 20.