Following Eoin Morgan’s retirement from international cricket, Jos Buttler has now been named as the new white-ball captain. Before his recent appointment, Butler was the vice-captain under Morgan and had few occasions where he led the team when Morgan was unavailable.
Morgan, who was called the best white-ball cricketer in the world by Morgan, was very instrumental in England’s victory against the Netherlands earlier this month. In previous fixtures as well, he has proved himself as one of the best white-ball players on the planet, and it was only expected that he would take over the reins from Morgan, a decision many people, have praised, including the managing director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, who called Buttler “the perfect choice to succeed Eoin Morgan.”
Speaking on the appointment, Buttler remarked that it was a “great honour” to take over from Morgan as he thanked him for leading the team for seven years: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to Eoin Morgan for his outstanding leadership over the past seven years.
“It is a great honour to take over from Eoin, and the place he has left English white-ball cricket in is exciting, and I’m inspired for the challenges ahead.
“It is the greatest honour to captain your country, and when I have had the chance to step in the past, I have loved doing it. I can’t wait to take this team forward.”
Buttler’s first exploits as captain would begin in July when England would face India in a three-game T20I series. They would then face India again in three ODIs. It seems like he has work cut out for him already, but Buttler is no stranger to leading, so these games might not prove to be too much of a challenge for him.
Written by: Leon Osamor