Jos Buttler to lead England in the white-ball series after Eoin Morgan
England Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed Jos Buttler as the new skipper for white-ball on Thursday (June 30) after Eoin Morgan retires from International cricket.
ECB appointed Jos Buttler as England’s new white-ball skipper on Thursday (June 30). The right-hand batter takes over the roles of ODI World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan who announced his retirement from international cricket recently.
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to Eoin Morgan for his outstanding leadership over the past seven years,”Buttler said after his appointment.
“It has been the most memorable period for everyone involved. He has been an inspirational leader, and it has been fantastic to play under him. There are lots of things that I have learnt from him that I’ll take into this role.
“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.
“There is excellent strength-in-depth in the white-ball squads, and I’m looking forward to leading the teams out for the series that are coming up against India starting next week and later in July against South Africa. 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.”
The ECB Interim chair, Martin Darlow and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Clare Connor approved the appointment on Wednesday evening following the recommendation made by the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key.
Buttler has previously led England as a stand-in skipper in the nine ODIs and five T20Is. He made the white-ball debut in both the formats in 2011, and has represented in 151 ODIs and scored 4120 runs at an average of 41.20, including 10 centuries.
In the T20Is, Buttler has scored 2140 runs at an average of 34.51 in 88 games for England. He is also among the three English batters (Dawid Malan and Heather Knight being the other two) to have scored tons in all three formats.
“Jos is a fantastic role model who inspires through his performances on the pitch. He has been instrumental in setting new standards in men’s white-ball cricket, and is the perfect leader to build on the incredible legacy which Eoin has built for our men’s white-ball teams,”said Connor.
“I’m excited to see where Jos and Matthew Mott take things from here, particularly as we build towards the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”
Key, meanwhile, hailed Buttler as the “perfect successor” to Morgan.
“Jos Buttler was the perfect choice to succeed Eoin Morgan as our white-ball captain, and I had no hesitation in offering him the role,”he said.
“Jos has been part of our white-ball set-up for over a decade and was integral in the transformation of the way the team has played its attacking brand of cricket over the past seven years.
“He is well respected in the dressing room by all of his teammates and will relish leading his country. He is in the form of his life and is showcasing his talent against the best players and teams in the world. I believe the extra responsibility will take his game to a new level and inspire those around him. I’m looking forward to seeing him take us forward. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity.”
Buttler’s first assignment as the full-time England skipper is the upcoming three T20Is against India followed by as many ODIs. The squads for both the series are yet to be announced on Friday, ECB said.