His first assignment as captain is the T20I series against India, which starts on July 7 in the Ageas Bowl, for which England will designate their team on Friday afternoon. That match marks the start of a packed schedule of 12 limited-overs internationals in 25 days, with three T20Is and three ODIs against both India and South Africa before the end of July.
“Jos Buttler was the perfect choice to succeed Eoin Morgan as our captain and I didn’t hesitate to offer him the part,” said Key. “Jos has been part of our white-ball line-up for over a decade and has been integral to transforming the way the team has played its attacking type of cricket over the past seven years.
“He is highly respected in the dressing room by all his team-mates and will enjoy leading his country. He is in the shape of his life and showing his talent against the best players and teams in the world.”
“I believe the added responsibility will take his game to a new level and inspire those around him. I look forward to seeing him help us move forward. He definitely deserves the opportunity.”
Buttler said it was a “great honor” to take over the Morgan captaincy and offer him his “sincere thanks and gratitude” for his leadership. “It was the most memorable period for everyone involved,” Buttler said. “He has been an inspiring leader and it has been fantastic to play under him. There are many things I have learned from him that I will take on in this role.
“There is an outstanding power in depth in the whiteball squads and I am looking forward to leading the teams for the series starting next week against India and later in July against South Africa. It is the greatest honor to be captain of your country and when I’ve had the chance to step in in the past, I’ve had a lot of fun doing it. I can’t wait to bring this team forward.”
Connor said: “Jos is a fantastic role model who inspires through his achievements on the pitch. He has been instrumental in setting new standards in men’s whiteball cricket and is the perfect leader to build on the incredible legacy Eoin has left. built for our men’s whiteball teams.”
“When we sat down at the start of the summer and selected the squad it was because those were the guys we wanted in every position and they were the best players to do that,” Stokes said. “Right now it’s about giving this team time to succeed and perform.
†[Buttler] was the obvious choice when Morgs decided to retire,” Stokes added. “He has been vice-captain for a number of years and nothing will change. Jos will continue the ethos and mindset that Morgs has brought to us from 2015, so honestly I don’t think you’ll see anything change. It’s time for Jos to bring the team forward.”