Buttler eager for captaincy challenge

2016-09-30 14:00
Jos Buttler (Gallo)

Johannesburg - England will be captained by Jos Buttler during the ODIs in Bangladesh next month, and he is looking forward to stepping up in Eoin Morgan's absence.

Morgan opted not to go on the tour as he did not feel it was safe, so Buttler was tasked with the captaincy for the one-day series, as vice-captain Joe Root was rested.

Buttler, who has only captained one T20, said upon departure to Dhaka that he would not be doing anything drastic as leader, and would just be his usual self.

He said: "I'll try and be genuine, I'll try and be myself, I'm not going to be anyone I'm not as a captain.

"I think I view the game in a very similar way to Eoin Morgan, I'll try and be aggressive.

"The way we have been playing the last 18 months, I'll ask the guys to play in exactly the same way - obviously conditions will dictate that to an extent as well.

"It's a young squad but it's an experienced squad in terms of cricket and game awareness, and that's something we're going to need in Bangladesh."

Buttler added that the players were not thinking about the security situation and were confident they'd be kept safe, and would rather focus on the cricket.

He added: "It's not massively at the forefront of your mind when you make a decision that is right for you, based on security.

"However, we want to broaden our horizons and it's fantastic for Bangladesh that we are going to tour.

"When we get there, cricket will be that universal language and we'll be welcomed, and it will be fantastic for Bangladesh.

"It's going to be a good tour. It's nice that the security stuff can take a back seat and we can start talking about cricket.

"They're very passionate fans and it will make for a good atmosphere to play cricket in and we'll have to play well to win."

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