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Jos Buttler named England’s new white-ball captain

Jos Buttler has been named England’s new white-ball captain after Eoin Morgan’s retirement from international cricket.

Buttler has served as the revolutionary Three Lions skipper’s vice-captain since 2015 and looked the obvious choice to succeed him once Morgan’s exit was announced earlier this week.

Yesterday, the ECB confirmed that the Lancashire wicketkeeper-batter had been appointed the new white-ball captain.

Perhaps the most feared white-ball player in world cricket and already one of our greatest ever, Buttler has been a key player for some time and led the team in Morgan’s absence previously.

He will hope to form a strong relationship with new white-ball coach Matthew Mott ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year.

Buttler’s first game as the permanent skipper will be the opener of the T20 series against India later this month.

In a statement on the ECB website, he spoke of the “great honour” he felt succeeding England’s finest white-ball captain of all time.

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He said: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to Eoin Morgan for his outstanding leadership over the past seven years. It has been the most memorable period for everyone involved. He 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.

“It is a great honour to take over from Eoin, and the place he has left English white-ball cricket in is exciting, and I’m inspired for the challenges ahead.

“There is excellent strength-in-depth in the white-ball squads, and I’m looking forward to leading the teams out for the series that are coming up against India starting next week and later in July against South Africa.

“It is the greatest honour to captain your country, and when I have had the chance to step in the past, I have loved doing it. I can’t wait to take this team forward.”

On the appointment, interim ECB CEO Clare Connor said: “Jos is a fantastic role model who inspires through his performances on the pitch. He has been instrumental in setting new standards in men’s white-ball cricket, and is the perfect leader to build on the incredible legacy which Eoin has built for our men’s white-ball teams.

“I’m excited to see where Jos and Matthew Mott take things from here, particularly as we build towards the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

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Managing director of England men’s cricket Rob Key added: “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.

“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.”

Everyone at the Barmy Army is delighted for Jos and can’t wait to see him lead the side forward!