‘I should still be captaining the team,’ Buttler’s reply to Concerns over England’s captaincy

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (image: ECB)

The skipper Jos Buttler gives a one-word reply over the concerns over England’s captaincy in the ICC World Cup 2023.

Jos Buttler’s reply to Concerns over England’s captaincy

England has only one victory out of 5 matches they have played in the ICC World Cup 2023 and stands 9 in the points table. Their side has been put under the pressure of making it to the semi-finals. They were pummeled by Sri Lanka where they failed to contain the latter in the low-score encounter.

They need to win the remaining four games to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals. On these, they will have to face India and five-time champions Australia.

When asked about is he still the man to lead his country the skipper said, “Yeah”.

“I think you’re always questioning as captain how you can get the best out of players, how you can get the team moving in the right direction.

“I certainly have a lot of confidence and belief in myself as a leader and captain and first and foremost as a player, but if you’re asking if I should still be captaining the team that’s a question for the guys above me.”

Asked if England’s World Cup is over, Buttler admitted: “It certainly looks that way.” Buttler was in charge of the side since June 2022 after Eoin Morgan who led the side to victory in the World Cup 2019.

“It’s incredibly tough, an incredibly disappointing tournament. As captain, you feel that a lot,” added Buttler. “We’ve been short of our best by a very long way. I’m disappointed for myself and the boys that we’ve not shown a good account of ourselves.

“There’s no clear answer. If there was one golden nugget that we’re not doing then we’d pick that up. I can’t fault the guys’ efforts, we’re just a long way short of our best,” he added.

“As captain, you want to lead from the front and play well. I’ve been a long way short of my best and that’s filtered through to the rest of the team.”

Their only win has come against Bangladesh while suffering a defeat against Afghanistan also dented their hopes.

“We’ve got some serious soul-searching to do. We’re going to cop it, we know that, and quite rightly. We didn’t perform anywhere near our level,” Mott told the media. “I still think we have a team good enough to win this tournament but clearly we haven’t put it together when it matters. Unfortunately, we’re out of form at a very bad time for us,” he concluded.

England will be playing the 29th World Cup 2023 against hosts India on October 29 at Ekana Sports City, Lucknow.