Having been handed the ODI captaincy for the first time, Jos Buttler wants to perform and lead the young England team by example against hosts Bangladesh. The first match of the three-ODI series is set to start at 2:30pm at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Buttler will become the first wicketkeeper-batsman to lead the England ODI team since 2003, when Alec Stewart stood behind the stumps. Buttler, deputizing as captain after Eoin Morgan chose to miss the tour over his security fears, may owe some of the confidence resonating in his voice to his unbeaten 64-ball 80 in the sole warm up match.
But with Bangladesh coming into the series on the back of six straight ODI series wins, Buttler put the hosts ahead in their conditions. He thought adapting to the conditions will be a ‘massive’ challenge. “We haven’t really been here that long. Every day will get easier. That run-up in tough conditions was good for the guys to get ready. Daynight matches will be a little bit easier but humidity will be high. So that’s another challenge,” he added.
“We look at the skills of the opponents but at the end of the day, we are focused on how we can play our best cricket and that’s something that will give us the best chance of winning.” Buttler previously captained England in one Twenty20 International game against Pakistan last year.