England lifted their maiden World Cup after edging past New Zealand in a thriller at Lord’s on Sunday. After England’s World Cup triumph, England cricket’s team director Andrew Strauss said that if skipper Eoin Morgan decides that he doesn’t want to carry on as the leader, Jos Buttler is a likely replacement in the limited overs format.
“I think Jos is an outstanding cricketer and outstanding person, he reads the game very well. So if there is a vacancy, he is going to be a very strong candidate,” Strauss was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
Strauss further said that skipper Eoin Morgan by winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has climbed the Everest and it is up to him to decide whether he continues in his role.
“The question for him is what he wants to achieve here because he has climbed Everest. That is the question for all the players, because we have made mistakes in the past. We’ve won Ashes series and got to No.1 in the world and thought that was the end in itself. I certainly hope that what he is doing right now, unless he is absolutely clear he wants to carry on, is just taking a bit of time to reflect where he is at. To stay on as captain he needs to be driven and motivated to push people on as he has done over the last four years and if he has the bit between his teeth then we’ve seen just what a fantastic leader he is,” Strauss added.
The former England skipper Strauss said that 2015 World Cup debacle led him to see Morgan as the skipper. Strauss added that Morgan has never been afraid to do the things in his own way.
“That led me very quickly to Eoin Morgan. He has always been a guy who hasn’t been afraid to do things his own way and to stick out from the crowd. He always had a very strong friendship with Brendon McCullum and instinctive desire to want to play that high tempo cricket. You can’t force anyone to do that, it’s got to be very comfortable with them. So it was natural that he would carry on” he added.