With England crashing out of the Cricket World Cup in disappointing fashion, many are calling for Jos Buttler to lose his captaincy role, but Ryan Sidebottom still believes the skipper is the man for the job.
Reigning champions in both white-ball formats, England entered the tournament with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. Alas, they fumbled under the pressure.
Watching on in horror as their beloved side played far below the standard expected of them, the travelling contingent couldn’t believe their eyes as the English lads exited the competition without a silver lining to grasp onto.
However, having taken all the variables associated with fifty-over cricket into account, Sidebottom has given a compelling case as to why Buttler should maintain his position as the captain of the national side.
Jos Buttler has the support of Ryan Sidebottom
In an interview with OnlineCricketBetting, he said: ”I think it’s difficult as Jos has the pressure of being captain and he sees everything behind the stumps. Fifty-over cricket is very difficult, and then you have the conditions and weather to deal with. It’s hot and humid, and he’ll have things on his mind if the team isn’t playing well. He’ll be desperate to score runs when batting.
“Jos has done very well as the captain. You’ll always come under fire when you’re in charge, as it falls down to you and the management. I think that’s the pressure that comes with being a good captain. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed with how he’s performed, as he’ll be the one who wants to get out there, score runs, and win games for England.
“It hasn’t quite happened, but Jos is still a world-class player. These things happen sometimes. Having so much on your plate can have an adverse effect, as you’ll be worried about everyone else instead of your batting. Jos has gained a lot of experience, and he’s been around for a very long time. He’s been under Eoin Morgan’s guidance, and he’ll have learned from his experience when it comes to leading a team. I’d like to see Jos continue as he has many years ahead of him still. It’s just one of those things where we didn’t play well.”
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