No red ball in my bag at the moment: Jos Buttler reacts to suggestions of him becoming England's Test opener - Times Now

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Jos Buttler has been named England's new white-ball captain

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jos Buttler has been named the new England white-ball cricket.
  • Zak Crawley has not been in form for the England Test team at the moment.
  • Kumar Sangakkara has suggested that Buttler should be new Test Opener keeping in mind their new aggressive approach.

After Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from the game, Jos Buttler has been named as the new captain in ODIs and T20Is for England. The explosive opening batsman had been deputy to Morgan since 2019. However, Buttler hasn't been a regular feature in the Test squad for the Three Lions.

In Test Matches, England have now changed their approach to a more aggressive style after the appointment of Ben Stokes as captain and arrival of Brendon McCullum as head coach. In the recently concluded Test Series against New Zealand, the world was witness to this new attacking brand of cricket as they brushed aside the Kiws to earn a whitewash series victory. However, opener Zak Crawley has not been in the best of form. Experts like Kumar Sangakkara are now calling for him to be replaced by Jos Buttler as the new Test Match opener as he would fit England's aggressive brand of Test Cricket.

In a conversation with BBC Sports, Jos Buttler said that he is certainly not thinking about returning to the Test squad and even joked that Sangakkara might have suggested his name due to their connection with Rajasthan Royals. "I thought someone had written the wrong story, to be honest. I don't think there is much merit in that. It was Kumar, wasn't it? Maybe he was just promoting Rajasthan Royals openers. I've just been enjoying watching the Test side recently. There is no red ball in my bag at the moment," the wicketkeeper batsman stated.

Jos Buttler has been in a rich vein of form off late. He top scored for the Three Lions with 248 runs in the recently concluded ODI series against Netherlands. This included his historic innings in the first ODI, where he became the second fastest batsman in ODI history to score 150 runs in an innings. In the IPL too, he finished with 863 runs- the second highest tally in the competition's history- to earn the Orange Cap.

Buttler will lead England in the series against India and South Africa at home, before heading off for his biggest litmus test- the T20 World Cup in October.

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