Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have backed white ball captain Eoin Morgan, describing him as a “phenomenal leader”. Morgan led England to their first 50-plus World Cup title in 2019, but he himself has been without half a century in one-day internationals and the Twenty20 for almost a year. The batter recorded two successive ducks against the Netherlands and missed Wednesday’s game with a tight groin, which England won by eight wickets and completed a clean 3-0 ODI sweep.
His absence was described as “preventive”. But even though form and fitness issues persist for Morgan, Jos Buttler, who served as skipper for the last game against the Netherlands, insisted that Morgan retain his side’s support.
“There is certainly no doubt about his position within the side. I cannot put into words what he has achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy, but you forget how much he has been a brilliant batsman for England in over 200 ODIs. not just leaving overnight. Everyone in the squad supports him,” Buttler said, citing Sky Sports.
Test captain Ben Stokes also defended his white-ball counterpart.
“Well he’s only had two low scores so I wouldn’t say he’s going through a tough time right now. I think the press is the only one giving him a hard time and I think the players have shown that it’s not a problem with them,” he said.
“People aren’t allowed to score a lot of points and more than that he’s our captain. He’s a phenomenal leader and always will be so I have no problem with anything happening with him right now,” he added.
Another subplot in this Dutch series has been the form of Jos Buttler, who finished joint top scorer for England with Phil Salt with 248.
Buttler was at his best in the final game of the series, going an undefeated 86 from 64 balls.
He has become the Indian Premier League’s most valuable player this year. He hit 162 steps in Friday’s record opener and finished his tally of six in the series with 19 sixes by clearing the rope five times in the final ODI.
“I should say yes,” Buttler said, when asked if he was in the form of his life. “The IPL was personally incredibly special to have a tournament like this, I surprised myself. I think what’s important for us in white ball cricket in England is that we talk about playing “a particular way and we have to try to live that until the end. max. Of course, there is a bit of risk in this way of playing, but that’s what we ask of everyone”, a- he added.
Buttler’s great form raises the possibility of a Test return under Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, just months after having a disappointing Ashes streak in which he averaged 15.28.
“I haven’t had any conversations with anyone about it. I’m very happy with where I am right now. It may never be a question that needs to be answered,” he said. he declared.
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