England captain Eoin Morgan has struggled to regain form with the bat over the past year, missing both of his matches against the Netherlands; ODI’s vice-captain Jos Buttler and test skipper Ben Stokes give their support
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes expressed surprise at questions about Eoin Morgan’s future in England, with event captain Stokes describing Morgan as a “phenomenal leader”.
Morgan has revolutionized England’s football fortunes and led them to a young World Cup crown over 50 in 2019, but has not had half a century in one-day internationals and Twenty20s in almost a year.
He recorded two straight ducks against the Netherlands and missed Wednesday’s win of eight wickets, which completed a clean ODI sweep of 3-0 due to a tight groin, an injury he first suffered last month.
His absence was described as a precautionary measure, but even if form and fitness problems persisted, Buttler, who captained the latest match against the Dutch, insisted that Morgan retain the team’s support.
“It’s really not a question of his position in the field,” said Buttler, whose unbeaten 86 from 64 deliveries helped England hit a 245 victory in just 30.1 overs.
“I can not put into words what he has achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy but you forget what a brilliant fighter he has been for England in over 200 ODI, it does not disappear overnight. Everyone on the team backs him up. ” . ”
Trials captain Ben Stokes was even more forthright in his defense of his bowling counterpart.
“Well, he’s only had two low points so I would not say he’s having a hard time right now,” Stokes said on the eve of England’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley.
“I think the press is the only one who is giving him a hard time and I think the players have shown that it is not a problem for them.
“People are not allowed to do many runs and more than that, he is our captain. He is a phenomenal leader and will always be, so I have no problem with anything happening to him right now.”
Another subplot in this series in Amstelveen, a southwest suburb of Amsterdam, has been Buttler, who finished at the top of the series’ racing charts along with Phil Salt with 248.
Buttler, who discovered he would take over England on Tuesday night without Morgan being available, was at his best in the series final.
The most valuable player in this year’s Indian Premier League, who made 162 no outs in Friday’s record opener, raised his result in the series to 19 sixes by clearing the rope five times here, including beating Van Meekeren against the stands after the closer’s unlucky double. . bully
“I have to say yes,” Buttler said when asked if he was in the shape of his life. “IPL was incredibly special personally to have such a tournament, I surprised myself.
“I think what’s important to us in cue-ball cricket in England is that we talk about playing in a special way and we have to try to live it to the fullest. Of course there is an element of risk in that way of playing, but that is what we are all asking for. ”
Buttler’s astonishing form raises the possibility of a test comeback with Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, just months after a disappointing series from Ashes where he averaged 15.28 Down Under.
“I have not had any conversations with anyone about it,” Buttler added.
“I am very happy with where I am right now. It may never be a question that needs to be answered. ”
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