What To Expect From England And Jos Buttler After Eoin Morgan’s Departure?
In Eoin Morgan, England hasn't just lost a player, they have lost a captain who was instrumental to their maiden World Cup win in 2019.
Morgan, who has also played for Ireland National Team, has truly emerged as one of the most successful and influential leaders in the history of English cricket.
Regardless of the several accolades, the former Ireland man has in his resume, you cannot keep playing a player on sentimental values. If you look at the last 28 innings of the outgoing England captain, he had only scored two half-centuries.
After Eoin Morgan's Retirement, Jos Buttler Has Been Named As The New England Captain.
The sport is not bigger than any individual and the life of England cricket goes on without their World Cup-winning captain. After Morgan’s retirement, Jos Buttler has been named as the new England captain.
Despite the success, the Three Lions have shown under Joe Root in tests, their form in limited-overs cricket has been full of inconsistency. The start of the Jos Buttler era couldn’t have started any worse as they lost convincingly against India in a three-match ODI series 2-1.
Even though it is unfair to talk about his captaincy potential after just one series, we can look into his team selection and compare it with Eoin Morgan. The former Ireland batsman used to prioritize batting depth throughout his career. However, if you look at the first T20 team that was fielded by Buttler, he had an extra bowling option if we compare it to last year’s T20 World Cup selection.
In the first T20 as captain against India, Buttler promoted Tymal Mills up the order at no.9. However, the biggest change was his own fielding position as he started wicket-keeping rather than being a simple fielder. Morgan used to stay in the slip, giving him access to his bowlers to discuss any plans. However, Buttler doesn’t seem to have that responsibility.
He would trust his bowlers to make the right move and leave it to the senior players like Moeen Ali and Jordan in case he wanted a message to be conveyed. However, there was a time when bowlers did feel a bit isolated and needed inspiration from their captain. This is something that Buttler would start understanding once he has more matches under his belt. Not every bowler can be trusted in the same way. All of them have different attributes and different mentalities. Therefore, they must be managed accordingly.
Despite these changes, Jos Buttler never changed the philosophy of attacking cricket. He trusted Moeen Ali in the earlier overs, which brought him the scalps of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan respectively. His biggest issue right now is England’s leaky overs at the back end. Usually, Chris Jordan is the master of death bowling but even he has struggled to find the right line and length in the last overs. However, in the T20 game against India, it was relatively a success as they only conceded 48 runs in the last six overs.
Proving That Jos Butler Can Be A Good Captain
The T20 World Cup will be the first real test as his best team will be available then. After the completion of the Indian Series, the World Champions are currently up against South Africa in a series of three ODIs and three T20s. Buttler has suggested that with the increased number of games and a packed schedule, you have to manage every member of the squad.
Before the T20 World Cup, the 2010 champions will be up against Australia for three T20Is. It is expected that the new captain will field a team that is most likely to play the T20 World Cup opener in Australia. England will also be touring Pakistan in September and October for seven T20 matches.
Despite the changes Jos Buttler wants to make in his team, the right-handed batsman himself has a point to prove. After a dismal Ashes campaign, the 31-year-old was dropped from the test side, and concerns about his longevity in the game. As Stokes has also issued his retirement during the South Africa series, it is important that he keeps Joe Root in the ODI team.
Even though Root hasn’t played much-limited overs cricket as of late and struggled during the series against India and South Africa, it is important that he sticks with his senior members who can guide him during the new phase of his career. Buttler has played down any concerns regarding his own workload. He believes that he is physically fine and wants to continue keeping despite the captaincy role and the fact that he comes as the opener of the ODI side.
Despite Morgan’s retirement as the limited-overs captain, the 31-year-old suggested that the outgoing captain should remain part of the England team. He stated that they cannot waste great minds just because of retirement.
He has also expressed he will continue to use the concept of data analytics during his captaincy role. He stated that he will continue using the coded signal system, which was implemented by Nathan Leamon in the last 18 months. Regardless of what its influence can be, it is an extra piece of information that is provided to the captain.
No matter how concrete information he gets, it is important that he delivers results quickly. Even though he is a new captain and needs time, the current set of fans will not be patient with them. After all, they are the current World Champions and have a fantastic T20 side as well.
Therefore, it is important that Buttler understands the new role he has got and leads from the front. This hasn’t been the case in his first series against India as he got out cheaply.
If Buttler wants to lead the England side properly, he has to take a leaf out of Morgan’s book. He must play an ultra-aggressive brand of cricket not just with his own cricket bat but also when he is on the field not as a batsman.
He has to make brave decisions as Morgan did during the 2019 World Cup final against New Zealand. Regardless of what the future holds for the new English captain, it is a new era and it is time for the England fans to support the team through thick and thin.