Jos Buttler’s statement on England’s success would make every country tour Pakistan

Pakistan captain Babar Azam believes his nation fell 20 to 30 runs short of a target they could defend when restricted to 137-8 by the quality and variety of England’s bowlers.

Left-arm pace bowler Sam Curran, who took 3-12 from four overs, was named both the player of the final and also the tournament after taking 13 wickets through the competition.

Leg spinner Adil Rashid, who finished with 2-22 from four overs, also bowled superbly when stifling Pakistan in the middle stages of their innings.

A jubilant Buttler also praised coach Matthew Mott, with the Australian completing a rare double with his adopted nation’s triumph over Pakistan.

The 49-year-old had previously coached Australia’s women to a stunning success over India in the women’s T20 World Cup at the MCG in 2020 before accepting the role with England in May this year.

With England considered the premier short-form cricket nation, Mott was under pressure to continue their success. As a result of their victory, England is the first nation to hold both World Cups in tandem.

Buttler said meticulous preparation, which included an away series triumph over Pakistan leading into the World Cup, built up England’s confidence.

England’s World Cup hopes hung in the balance after a shock loss to Ireland at the MCG in a rain-affected match in the group stages, but they held their nerve and rallied strongly.

“This is the icing on the cake to win the T20 World Cup. (I’m) just immensely proud,” Buttler said.

“Ever since the Ireland game, the way we showed great character in must-win games, we just got better and better.”