England vs India | Moeen Ali backs Jos Buttler after tough start to captaincy stint: No need to panic

Moeen Ali has backed England’s new white-ball captain Jos Buttler to bounce back after a shaky start to his tenure as skipper.

Buttler’s start as England captain hasn’t been great (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Buttler replaced Morgan as the new England white-ball captain
  • The 31-year-old hasn’t had the best of starts to his captaincy stint
  • Ali insists there is no need to panic despite Buttler’s poor start as captain

England’s Moeen Ali has extended his support to new white-ball captain Jos Buttler after a shaky start to his leadership tenure.

Buttler took over from Eoin Morgan after the latter announced his retirement from international cricket last month. However, it hasn’t been a great start to life as the skipper for the 31-year-old.

England suffered a 2-1 series loss to India in the wicketkeeper’s first assignment, leading the team and they were blown away in the first ODI on Tuesday.

The English batters had no answer to Jasprit Bumrah as he ran through them and picked up his best figures of six for 19 runs. The hosts were bundled out for 110 runs.

The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made quick work of the target as India won the match by 10 wickets to take a lead in the series.

Ali has now backed his captain to bounce back from the shaky start, saying that Buttler is a brilliant leader and insisted that there is no need to panic at the moment.

“Jos is a brilliant leader. He has done it over the years when Eoin hasn’t played but it is going to take a couple of games in all the formats. As a new captain no matter how cool you are you want to get off to a winning start but he knows there is a long way to go and the team will be fine.”

“There is no need to panic or change. It definitely takes time to bed in and it will take a few defeats, which is fine. We have been dominating for the last few years in a nice way and playing well. We’ve had a lot of success but sometimes I feel we don’t want to peak too early.”

“We want to win now but you don’t want to win all games. Sometimes you learn more from losing games. We have lost a few games at the moment but that is good for us going forward and closer to a World Cup we will start winning,” said Ali.

The England all-rounder also opened up about white-ball coach Matthew Mott and compared him to World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss.

“He has settled in really well. He is a lot like Trevor but he has his own ways, he’s very relaxed. The dressing room almost runs itself most of the time, so the boys are feeling good,” said Ali.

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