ECB name Jos Buttler as new white-ball captain of England
With Eoin Morgan announcing his retirement from international cricket, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named Jos Buttler as new white-captain of England’s men cricket team.
After his appointment as new white-ball captain, Jos Buttler expressed his pleasure and acknowledged the contributions made by Eoin Morgan in the past decade. He said that he has learned a great deal from Eoin Morgan and has been instrumental in turning things around in the 50-over format.
Buttler said that it is a huge honor to take over leadership role from Eoin Morgan, given that England had reached new heights in white-ball cricket in the past five years. The side went on to win their maiden ICC World Cup on home soil.
He said that there is a lot of depth in the ODI and T20I squads and will be keen to continue to play a positive brand of cricket against India and South Africa this summer. Jos Buttler said that it is an highest honor to lead your country on the cricket field.
ECB Interim Chair, Martin Darlow and Interim CEO, Clare Connor approved Jos Buttler’s appointment as new white-ball captain of England men’s cricket team. The recommendation was clearly by current Managing Director of ECB, Robert Key.
Previously, Buttler had captained England in nine one-day matches and five T20Is. In 2011, Buttler made his debut for England in T20I and ODI format. Since then, Buttler has represented England in 151 ODIs, in which he has accumulated 4,120 runs at an average of 41.20 with ten centuries to his name.
In the T20 format, Jos Buttler represented England in 88 matches, in which he has scored 2140 runs at an average of 34.51. Besides Heather Knight and Dawid Malan, he is the third English cricketer to have scored a century in all three formats.
Jos Buttler’s first task as white-ball captain will be upcoming T20I and ODI series against India. The squads for the T20Is and ODIs will be announced on Friday.