England vice-captain Jos Buttler is ready to shoulder the responsibility as a leader at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 in the absence of Eoin Morgan.
Unfortunately, during the England vs Windies match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England captain Morgan has suffered a back spasm during Windies’ innings after Jason Roy pulled a hamstring while chasing a ball on Friday (June 14).
Thus, Morgan limped off the field, which eventually gave an injury scare to England. As Roy and Morgan remained away from the field, Jonny Bairstow opened innings with Joe Root, who slammed a magnificent hundred against the Caribbean.
Moreover, optimistic Buttler maintained the players are keen to give their suggestions. However, he himself sets focus on Joe Root, who has a wealth of experience as a leader on his back.
“One of the strengths of the group is that there are lots of guys in the team willing to offer opinions and advice so there are plenty of guys to talk to but Joe Root would be the obvious one,” Buttler maintained.
Eventually, it saw rejigging with Chris Woakes making an entry at the third spot. He had also set a decent partnership with Root that eventually saw England winning the game by eight wickets.
However, in Morgan’s absence, Buttler had marshalled his troops against Windies.
Jos Buttler ready to lead England in Eoin Morgan’s absence:
Pertinently, if Morgan will fail to recover in time, Buttler is the obvious choice to lead England against Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan on June 18 (Tuesday).
“If it comes to it and I have to captain it’s obviously a huge honour every time you have to do it. From behind the stumps you have a fantastic view of what’s going on but it’s just down to yourself to manage those two jobs and separate them as much as you can,” Buttler stated.
Furthermore, Butter categorically stated that the team approach would not change while adding there will play their natural game.
“We’ve played under Eoin for a long time. I think he’s a fantastic captain. He’s someone I’ve tried to learn from, being vice-captain. I’ve talked to him a lot about the game. We’ve got some quite similar views so I think it would be very similar,” Buttler told English media.
While mulling to lead his side, Buttler didn’t don gloves against Bangladesh due to a hip issue. He has picked an injury while batting.
With Roy and Morgan set to undergo scans, it will also reveal the extent of the duo’s injury. However, he is hoping to see Morgan playing for the Three Lions.
“I’d rather Eoin plays. He’ll have a scan and Jason the same. And see how their injuries are but obviously we hope for the best,” Buttler said.
Meanwhile, Buttler has himself contributed for England which included a fine 103 against Pakistan. He is keen to put up a grand show against Afghans.