Chittagong - England's Jos Buttler admitted to being
"anxious" about captaining the side for their controversial one-day
international tour of Bangladesh, before coming away with a thrilling series
Buttler was named skipper after regular one-day captain Eoin
Morgan decided against going on the tour after Islamist militants earlier this
year attacked and killed 22 mostly foreign hostages at a Dhaka cafe.
Security concerns have hung over the series, with the
massacre casting doubt on whether Bangladesh's security forces could guarantee
the England team's safety.
But Buttler said the tour had been fantastic so far and
praised his players for a gritty performance on Wednesday to defeat Bangladesh
by four wickets and clinch the series 2-1.
"I think we showed immense character," Buttler
said after the match that saw England restrict the home side to 277-6 and hit
the winning runs with 13 balls to spare.
"I was nervous and anxious a little bit about doing it
but I think I enjoyed the role to come away with a series win," he said of
his role as captain.
"I don't think we can underestimate what we have
achieved here. It's a tough place to come. It's been a fantastic tour.
"The crowd has been fantastic and we have been looked
"We are a pretty young and inexperienced team, we will
learn a lot from here," he added.
Sam Billings, playing in his first match of the series, hit
62 while Ben Duckett made 63, his second half-century of the series, to settle
England early on in a relatively tough chase.
But two wickets each by Shafiul Islam and skipper Mashrafe
Mortaza kept the home side in contention, before Ben Stokes (47 not out) and
Chris Woakes (27 not out) took England home comfortably.
Earlier, England leg spinner Adil Rashid engineered a career-best
4-43 to restrict Bangladesh to a modest score, after openers Tamim Iqbal (45)
and Imrul Kayes (46) gave the home side a solid start with a 80-run stand.
England and Bangladesh will now play a two-Test series
starting in Chittagong on October 20, when Alastair Cook will take over from
Buttler as England captain.