Jos Buttler Proud To Succeed Eoin Morgan As England White-Ball Captain
Jos Buttler said he had been given the “greatest honour” after being named as England’s new white-ball captain in succession to “inspirational” World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan. Buttler’s appointment was confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday, just two days after Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket. Buttler has been a member of England’s white-ball teams for over a decade, serving as Morgan’s vice-captain since 2015.
The dynamic 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has already led England 14 times across both one-day international and Twenty20 formats, including their most recent ODI against the Netherlands when Morgan was ruled out with a groin injury.
World Cup winner Buttler is set to take charge of 12 games in July, with T20 and ODI series against India and South Africa.
His first major global event as skipper will be the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, with England defending their 50-over crown in India next year.
Buttler first words on being named as skipper were to thank Morgan for his “outstanding leadership” in overseeing England’s white-ball revival following their embarrassing first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.
Buttler, who said he had learnt a lot from Morgan, added in an ECB statement: “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. I can’t wait to take this team forward.”
Buttler was nominated as captain by director of men’s cricket Rob Key in what was the former England batsman’s fourth major appointment.
Key installed Ben Stokes as Test captain and split the coaching roles.
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is now in charge of the red-ball side with Matthew Mott, previously the coach of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team, overseeing the limited-overs sides.
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