Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buttler Is Not Holding Back in His Praise for His Captain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buttler Is Not Holding Back in His Praise for His Captain

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JOS Buttler hailed England captain Eoin Morgan as a "revolutionary" in a ringing endorsement of his leadership ahead of the second one-day international against India.

When Morgan traded his native Ireland eight years ago he was seen as an expansive, contemporary cricketer with bright ideas and a creative arsenal of strokes at his fingertips.

It was a reputation he continued to build when Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell occupied the top slots in a 50-over team which failed to keep up with a rapidly-changing landscape.

Now, of course, he is the elder statesmen of the side, encouraging and empowering a generation of batsmen with an even wider range of shots and more punishing strikerates than his own.

There is even talk that, after a relatively lean 2016 which ended with him missing the tour of Bangladesh with safety concerns, his place could come under threat from Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow.

Yet on the eve of today's action in Cuttack, a game the tourists must win to keep the three-match series alive, Morgan was given a glowing tribute by the man who stood in as skipper in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Buttler, who epitomises the full-throttle approach beloved by Morgan,. said: "He brings a wealth of experience.

"He has a vision for the game and where he wants our side to get to. He's a fantastic leader in that sense.

"He really champions people playing in the way they believe and he shows that in the way he plays too, which he has done for many years.

"He was one of the first revolutionary players for England and that carries a lot of weight in the group, which is a pretty young one.

"He gives guys a lot of confidence. He's very calm under pressure and I know everyone really enjoys playing for him."

Buttler acquitted himself well in Bangladesh, doing his prospects of a future leadership role no harm at all on a tricky tour both on and off the field.

For the time being, though, he is more than happy to concentrate on his role with bat in hand and supporting Morgan from behind the stumps.

Buttler added: "Vice-captain is a role I've enjoyed under Eoin and it's fantastic to have him back. …

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