Jos Buttler stood on as captain for the injured Eoin Morgan in the third ODI and didn’t shy away from showing the batting prowess against the minnows Netherlands. He the joint highest run-scorer with teammate Phil Salt.
In the 3rd ODI, Buttler scored an unbeaten 86 off 64 balls and smashed a nonchalant six down the ground off the first ball of the 31st over. That six was also his sixth six in the game, and in the 29th over itself, he smashed three sixes off Paul van Meekeren’s over. But something unusual happened when of of van Meekeren’s ball reached him after bouncing two times. The second bounce landed outside the pitch down the leg side.
But he didn’t let the ball run down for a no-ball and smashed it for a six over deep square leg. It was eventually called a no-ball and he hit the next ball for a six as well. You can watch the video below:
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes back Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan produced two ducks in the same match and sat out of the third game with a groin injury. This heightened the scrutiny over both his form and fitness. However, Jos Buttler and England Test captain Ben Stokes backed Eoin Morgan.
“There’s certainly no questioning of his position from within the camp,” Buttler said. “I can’t put into words what he’s achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy but you forget what a brilliant batsman he’s been for England in over 200 ODIs, that doesn’t just go away overnight. Everyone in the team is backing him.”
Stokes, England’s Test captain, had earlier defended Morgan’s position while speaking at Headingley ahead of his side’s third Test against New Zealand. “Well, he’s only had two low scores, so I wouldn’t say he’s going through a hard time at the moment,” Stokes said.
“I think the press are the only ones giving him a hard time and I think the players have shown it’s not an issue with them. People are allowed to not score many runs – and more than that, he’s our captain. He’s a phenomenal leader and always will be, so I’ve got no issues with anything going on with him at the moment.”