Buttler was Key’s ‘perfect choice’

England Men’s Cricket managing director Rob Key says Jos Buttler was the “perfect choice” after he was named new white-ball captain, succeeding Eoin Morgan.

Following Morgan’s recent decision to retire from international cricket, the ECB have wasted little time in appointing a successor and Buttler has been given the nod.

Key believes he was the stand-out candidate, not only leading by example on the pitch but he also feels the 31-year-old has all the attributes to be a top skipper.

“Jos Buttler was the perfect choice to succeed Eoin Morgan as our white-ball captain, and I had no hesitation in offering him the role,” Key said.

“Jos has been part of our white-ball set-up for over a decade and was integral in the transformation of the way the team has played its attacking brand of cricket over the past seven years.

“He is well respected in the dressing room by all of his teammates and will relish leading his country. He is in the form of his life and is showcasing his talent against the best players and teams in the world.

“I believe the extra responsibility will take his game to a new level and inspire those around him. I’m looking forward to seeing him take us forward. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity.”

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Buttler now takes charge of the ODI and T20 sides having been vice-captain to Morgan and his first series as skipper will be the upcoming three-match T20 series against India, which gets underway on July 7.

Three ODIs against the same country then follow on afterwards. There’s also the small matter of the T20 World Cup coming up in October and November in Australia.

The wicketkeeper-batter says he has picked up a lot from Morgan during his successful eight-year spell in charge and is relishing getting started in the new role.

Buttler said: “He (Morgan) has been an inspirational leader, and it has been fantastic to play under him. There are lots of things that I have learnt from him that I’ll take into this role.

“I’m inspired for the challenges ahead. There is excellent strength-in-depth in the white-ball squads and I can’t wait to take this team forward.”

With Buttler now in charge, England are 3/1 to win the T20 World Cup and are also available at 3/1 to win next year’s 50-over version.

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