Former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar believes that England captain Eoin Morgan should now concentrate on fixing the roles in the playing XI rather than experimenting. Gavaskar gave this remark for the roles of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy in the England team.
England captain Eoin Morgan has been juggling the role of wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler in the eleven in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.
Gavaskar said that currently, the situation in England team looks like horses for courses situation. He said that England has three best options for opening positions.
First is Jonny Bairstow, who has been ordinary in the series, while other is Jason Roy, who has just recovered from injury, but has failed to perform effectively in two ODI matches. And the third one is Jos Buttler who has been in his best form.
The former Indian cricketer said that having three such power-hitting options available to open, it is a good headache to have for Eoin Morgan.
“I don’t think it’s a question of experimenting now, it’s a horses for courses situation. Jonny Bairstow hasn’t been in great form of late. He played a decent inning in an ODI. Jason Roy hasn’t looked that great after the injury,” Gavaskar told Hindustan Times.
“England have three very good options in Buttler, Bairstow and Roy to open for them in white-ball cricket. If one of them is out of form the other slots in, it’s a good headache to have,” he added.
Gavaskar spokes highly about Jos Buttler:
Gavaskar said that Jos Buttler is ahead of other players because he has clarity about his plans. He can play attacking cricket from ball one and can also play with caution, depending on his assessment of the pitch and the conditions.
“Buttler has clarity of thought. He’s got a very clear game plan in his head. He knows exactly how he’s going to approach his innings. He knows whether to go from ball one or to build an innings gradually after assessing the pitch,” Gavaskar said.
He added that Buttler has got a wide range of shots in his arsenal making him a threat all around the ground.
“And obviously, he’s got the skillset, you can have as good a game plan or a clear head but if you don’t have the skillset to back it up, it’s of no use. He’s got enormous skills in white-ball cricket. He’s got a wide range of strokes, he’s innovative,” he added.
England and Australia will play the decider match of the three-match ODI series on Wednesday.