In the decisive Twenty20 international match on Sunday, England’s new captain Jos Buttler saw his side fall to South Africa by a dispiriting score of 90 runs. The defeat marked another low point for the hosts after a challenging white-ball summer.

In the third T20 in Southampton, England was given a score of 192 to win; however, it was dismissed for 101, handing it its joint-largest loss in this format. Additionally, it was England’s first domestic summer since 2013 without a limited-overs series victory. The series was won 2-1 by South Africa.

Buttler, who took over as England’s white-ball captain from Eoin Morgan in June and lost dependable friend Ben Stokes to retirement from 50-over cricket a month later, has had a difficult start to life in the role.

India had previously defeated the hosts in two limited-overs series by that time, and this defeat to South Africa, which was helped by half-centuries from Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram in a total of 191-5, has given the home team little confidence heading into the T20 World Cup this winter.

“With the bat, we never managed to force ourselves, seize control of the situation, or apply pressure to the opponent. The thing that frustrates us the most, in my opinion, is that tiny bit of timidity. We want to be seen as a squad that is bold and willing to take chances, added Buttler. “I can be honest enough to admit that during the whole summer, we haven’t played as well as we would have wanted, so maybe the confidence has taken a bit of a hit.”

At least seven Twenty20 matches have been scheduled for Buttler and new head coach Matthew Mott to play in September in Pakistan. The pair will be hoping to regain their confidence in those matches before turning their full attention to Australia, where England may no longer be one of the favorites to win a trophy.