Jos Buttler has expressed his commitment to continue leading England in both white-ball formats despite their disappointing ODI World Cup campaign. Following their untimely exit from the World Cup, England managed to break their losing streak by securing a triumphant victory over Netherlands, winning by a substantial 160 runs.
Their immediate objective is to secure a win against Pakistan in the final league game, thereby securing a berth in the 2025 Champions Trophy. Rob Key, England’s men’s cricket managing director, will join the team in India by the week’s end.
Besides conducting an analysis of England’s recent performance, Key will also be responsible for finalizing the squads for the upcoming white-ball tour of West Indies, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is. Furthermore, crucial decisions regarding Buttler’s and Matthew Mott’s future as captain and coach are on the agenda.
Tour next month
Jos Buttler , addressing the possibility of leading the side during the white-ball tour next month, admitted his frustration with his current form in the ongoing tournament. He acknowledged the pressure that comes with England’s captaincy and expressed his intent to revert to the strategies that have proven successful during lean periods, hoping for a swift resurgence.
The recent win against Netherlands has somewhat alleviated the pressure for Buttler and limited-overs coach Mott, as England has climbed to the seventh position on the points table. Even in the event of a loss in their final match against Pakistan, their prospects of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy have substantially improved.
Despite England’s elimination, Buttler emphasized the team’s determination to end the tournament on a positive note, considering the upcoming match against Pakistan as crucial.
In recognition of Ben Stokes’ striking century, Buttler extolled his consistency in performing under pressure and lauded his exceptional innings. Addressing the possibility of Stokes leaving for knee surgery after England’s World Cup exit to ensure fitness for the upcoming red-ball tour of India, Buttler clarified that it’s not in Stokes’ character to abandon the team. Stokes remains dedicated to England’s campaign and the pursuit of Champions Trophy qualification.