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"Were Trevor's words stinging? Yes, of course" - Buttler.

In the wake of two heavy defeats on the tour of the West Indies, England vice-captain Jos Buttler does not believe the team's batsmen lack determination but admitted they have "not been good enough" against a rampant home team.

England's batsmen have come under strong criticism for the manner of their play in both Barbados and Antigua with the tourists unable to combat the pace, skill and aggression of the West Indies fast-bowlers. Following the Barbados defeat, head coach Trevor Bayliss questioned England's courage and determination when faced with difficult conditions, failings which reared their head in the next match, too.

"It has been a really disappointing tour so far," Buttler said. "We have played well under what we are capable of and what we expect of ourselves. We have not been able to soak up areas of pressure West Indies have put on us and we haven't got anything going in partnerships. Those are the areas we need to improve this week.

"Were Trevor's words stinging? Yes, of course. As a player, when those kind of things are questioned, it can hurt your pride. You want to prove him wrong. Darren Bravo showed lots of guts and courage on a tough wicket [in Antigua]. It was a good example of a way of playing and being brave. He took lots of blows. And sometimes that is what it takes.

"But the guts, courage and determination of the group is very strong. We have not been good enough to show that at times on this tour. This week we will be looking to show lots more of that."

In particular, numerous England batsmen have been out playing expansively when conditions and match situations have dictated a more circumspect approach. That type of attacking intent served England well in the three-nil victory over Sri Lanka earlier this winter but has been their downfall in the Caribbean. Buttler, an aggressive player by nature, does not think the team should move away from that approach.

"The plan isn't changing," Buttler said. "We just have to play better. If I look back at the games I've been involved in since I came back into the side, the conditions have been fast-forward cricket. That style of being bold and attacking has paid dividends at times.

"But we have to be smarter and adapt to our conditions. You're always trying to adapt to conditions and play the situation accordingly and we've been way off with that. The commitment side of things is a big part of it, to commit to your style of playing as an individual and a group.

"In international cricket you will come up against lots of different situations and lots of different conditions. The real skill of the best players and best teams around the world is they adapt to those conditions better than the opposition. As a player and as a team you're always reviewing that logically: are we getting that balance quite right? That's another area the team can improve."

A bruised heel forced Ben Stokes to sit out training on Thursday in St Lucia ahead of the third Test which begins on Saturday. The all-rounder is, however, expected to be fit for the match itself, as is Ben Foakes who suffered a bruised hand in Antigua which ruled him out of wicket-keeping and saw Jonny Bairstow take the gloves.

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