Vaughan supports Buttler for England’s limited-overs captaincy

LONDON: England’s former captain Michael Vaughan has put his weight behind Jos Buttler to lead his side in the limited-overs format while calling him the best white-ball player in the world.

After England’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan is reportedly set to retire from international cricket, Vaughan backed wicket-keeper batter, Buttler, for the role, in his recent column for The Telegraph.

“For me, it’s a no-brainer that Jos Buttler takes over that role. He’s the best white-ball player in the world, he’s got a very smart cricket brain, and he’s got that calmness you need,” said Vaughan in his column.

Vaughan also advocated for Buttler’s inclusion in the Test squad as he believed the wicketkeeper fit well with the aggressive mindset of England’s new regime under head coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes.

“England have this fearless, aggressive nature, and the balls don’t seem to be doing as much in the UK as they have done in previous seasons. If something as radical Buttler as Test opener was ever going to work it would be now, under this management group of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum,” he concluded.

The 31-year-old known for his aggressive batting style has a phenomenal record both in T20I and ODIs. His powerful knock of 162 off 70 balls remained instrumental when England smashed the highest total in ODI cricket, recently against the Netherlands.

In all, Buttler scored 4120 runs in 151 ODIs averaging 41.20 with 10 centuries and 21 half-centuries. Meanwhile, he appeared in 88 T20Is, scoring 2140 runs at an average of 34.5 with 15 half-centuries and a century to his name.

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