Jos Buttler should lead England through turbulent time Steven Finn
People will naturally question whether this should be the case since the tournament continues with little to play for.
After an amazing eight years of white-ball cricket across both 50 and 20-over formats in which they remain dual world champions for the time being, England is facing a turbulent time ahead.
In my opinion, Buttler is the man to lead England through this.
Under his mild-mannered exterior is a man who is unmistakably determined to win. His 110 not out against Australia in 2018 at Old Trafford to seal a series clean sweep is one of the most improbable victories he has led England to with the bat.
In that innings, he marshaled the tail and almost caused Justin Langer, Australia’s coach, to self-combust.
For the past decade, Buttler has been one of the most sought after players in white-ball cricket around the world due to his ability to make the correct decisions when faced with a challenge.
Buttler and I played 62 times together for England, but I saw him play live for the first time at Lord’s during the CB40 final in 2011.
From a box in the Grandstand, I saw a special talent. It immediately occurred to me that he would be a game-changer for English white-ball cricket.
Buttler came in with Somerset 79-5, scored 86 from 72 balls, and was the last man out as Somerset made 214. His 21st birthday had just passed.