White-ball captaincy for England could end the Test career – Jos Buttler￼
Jos Buttler said on Friday his appointment as England’s new white-ball skipper could spell the end of his Test career while he flourished Morgan as England skipper in the white-ball format after he reported his retirement from international cricket.
The wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler said on Friday his appointment as England’s new white-ball skipper could spell the end of his Test career.
Buttler flourished with Eoin Morgan as England captain in the One-Day International and Twenty20 formats after the 2019 50-over World Cup-winning captain reported his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old wicket-keeper batter had been vice-captain to Eoin Morgan, who cut short his Test career to focus on white-ball cricket, since 2015.
World Cup champ Buttler, a star of the Indian Premier League, is an imposing run-scorer in limited-overs cricket, where his furious hitting has assisted him with ordering 4,120 runs from 151 ODIs, including 10 hundred.
But, he has had significantly less progress in the five-day Test format, with just two hundred from 57 games, and isn’t an individual from England’s squad in the postponed fifth test against India at Edgbaston.
Buttler is all set to ready to lead England in 12-limited-overs matches against India and Proteas in July, having last played a Test during a woeful 4-0 Ashes series loss in Australia in January.
However, Buttler has been tipped by any semblance of previous England captain Michael Vaughan and Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara to make a Test comeback as an opener, a role where he has succeeded in T20 cricket but not one he has known during his red-ball career.
Buttler’s most memorable major worldwide occasion as a skipper is set to be the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, with England defending their 50-over crown in India next year.
Morgan cut off his Test career to focus on his limited over duties and Buttler fluctuated about the possibility of a review, particularly after new red-ball skipper Ben Stokes drove England to a new 3-0 whitewash of Test World champions New Zealand.
“Certainly being captain of the white-ball team is my number one priority. I’m very focused and excited for the challenge that lies ahead,”Buttler told reporters.
“I think it’s going to be a really big challenge and one that needs my full-time attention. Talking about the Test stuff might be a question that never has to be answered unless someone wants to pick me for the team, which hasn’t been the case.
“It’s quite obvious at the minute I was left out on merit and rightfully so. I had a poor Ashes series and I’m not part of the team at the moment.
“The team is playing fantastically well, so it doesn’t look like a team that needs people.”