Jos Buttler leads the England one-day side as full-time captain for the first time on Thursday when they face India in the first of three T20 internationals – watch live on Sky Sports Cricket from 5:30 p.m.
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England ODI and T20I captain Jos Buttler explains how good ‘bazball’ was and whether he would return to Test cricket
Jos Buttler didn’t say yes, but there was no denial either as England’s new white-ball captain was again quizzed on his interest in a potential and eventual return to a rejuvenated test setup.
Eoin Morgan’s successor has justified talk of a return to the red ball thanks to the phenomenal form that has elevated him among the best one-day batsmen in the world and left him as the obvious choice to assume management functions.
Buttler hasn’t featured in the Test side since being replaced by Ben Foakes following a disappointing Ashes series, and while he’s an admirer of the stylistic makeover, it’s obvious his attention remains solely on life under Matthew Mott.
“That’s not a question to be answered at the minute for me, I think,” Buttler replied when asked if he wanted to return to the Test squad.
“I’m very focused on that, and there’s not a lot of space available in this team, is there? They’re playing really well and it’s great to watch.
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“Being named captain of this team in the T20s and ODIs requires total focus and a lot of energy, so that’s where all of mine is at the minute.”
Buttler will captain England as full-time captain for the first time on Thursday when they face India in the first of three T20 internationals, which will be followed by three one-day competitions.
He does so after smashing 162 of 70 balls to lead England to a 232-point victory in their first ODI against the Netherlands last month to follow his sublime IPL form.
Aggressive batting and high-intensity action became a common theme between the two sides during the rise of ‘Bazball’ under Brendan McCullum, with Buttler excited for a new era for English cricket.
“I think there’s a clear identity now for this Test team, which is how they’re going to play,” Buttler said.
“I think we have [the one-day team] We’ve had this for a long time, we’re always trying to push the envelope and luckily we’ll also be able to fit a few of these guys into our group who have been in fantastic shape. Playing this way suits us too.
“I think it’s a good time for English cricket. I think what they’ve managed to accomplish in the last four weeks, being across the country and hearing people talk about Test cricket and the way they play, it’s such a positive thing for the game in our country and Test cricket as well.”
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England continued their resurgence under Ben Stokes and McCullum this week as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hit centuries en route to completing a record 378 runs against India.
While Stokes appears to have blended captaincy duties with his own on-field production seamlessly, Buttler has no concerns about his own ability to balance the extra workload.
“I do not think so [his form will be hindered by captaincy]”, Buttler said. “I want to be a captain who leads from the front and leads by example and the way I play too.
“I will continue to challenge myself to improve as a player and being able to compartmentalize the two jobs will be important, so make sure you have time to really prepare me as a player first and foremost. , as well as doing all captain tasks.
“I think I’ll learn that as I go. In terms of where to take over, if I’m not ready to take over now, I never will, I don’t think.
I think I’m in the best place I’ve ever been to captain the team right now, so I’m excited for the challenge ahead of me.”
Watch Buttler’s England take on India in the first of three T20 internationals live on Sky Sports Cricket from 5.30pm on Thursday 7 July.