Jos Buttler Remains Committed To England Captaincy Despite ODI World Cup Disappointment
By CricShots - Nov 9, 2023 3:49 pm
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Despite a disappointing ODI World Cup campaign, England captain Jos Buttler remains committed to leading the team in white-ball cricket. England, the defending champions, have struggled in the tournament, winning only two matches and losing six, resulting in their early elimination. However, Buttler, who was appointed England’s captain after Eoin Morgan’s retirement, expressed his desire to continue leading the team despite his personal struggles with the bat.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

In eight World Cup matches, Buttler has scored just 111 runs at an average of 13.88. “I’d like to [lead in the Caribbean],” Jos Buttler stated, referring to England’s upcoming tour to the West Indies. “We can have some good conversations with Rob Key [England’s managing director of men’s cricket] and the coach and everyone, and make a plan for that tour. But yeah, I’d like to. You want to lead from the front and do that in your own performance.”

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Buttler acknowledged his recent struggles with the bat but expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back. “I’ll stick to the stuff that’s served me well over a long period of time when I’ve had these little runs of form and hopefully I’ll come out the other side of it very soon,” he said.

England team
England team

Despite their World Cup struggles, Buttler praised his team for staying together during a difficult period. “If you watched training yesterday, the guys probably trained as hard as they have trained all trip, which shows the level of commitment and desire to put things right,” he stated.

With their World Cup hopes dashed, England’s focus has shifted to qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy. The top eight teams on the points table at the end of the league phase will qualify for the event, with Pakistan having automatic qualification as hosts.

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England’s win over the Netherlands has boosted their chances of making it to the Champions Trophy. Buttler emphasized the team’s determination to qualify for the tournament. “Of course, the Champions Trophy is something we’re very focused on and determined to make sure we’re there,” he added.

England’s upcoming tour to the West Indies will be an opportunity for Buttler to regain his form and lead the team back to winning ways. With his experience and leadership qualities, Buttler remains a key figure for England’s white-ball future.