Jos Buttler opens up on retirement after ICC World Cup 2023

Buttler is the captain of the England cricket team in white-ball formats

By Web Desk
September 30, 2023
Jos Buttler will lead the England cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2023. — AFP

England cricket team’s captain Jos Buttler opened up on retirement after the ICC World Cup 2023 which will begin in India on October 5.

Buttler, 33, is one of the most important personalities in England cricketing history. He was one of the key factors during England’s maiden World Cup triumph in 2019 after they beat New Zealand.

Not only did he help the struggling English side by scoring 59 off 60, while building a crucial 110-run partnership with Ben Stokes, but it was he who removed the bails and ran Martin Guptill out to help his side tie the Super Over and clinch the title on boundary count.

He also captained the English side that won the T20 World Cup 2022 after beating Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

As England prepare to kick off their mega event campaign on October 5 by taking on the runner-ups of the last World Cup, Buttler confirmed that he has no plan to retire anytime soon.

"Hopefully, I will continue playing for England for some time. Despite recently turning 33, I don't feel that age. Representing your country is a massive honour, and I don't take it lightly. However, I'm also quite composed about it.

“I'm excited about what lies ahead. There are still areas where I want to enhance my skills and grow as a player, which is a positive source of motivation," Buttler said while speaking to Mail Sport.

In a changing cricketing environment, where we have seen many top players calling time on their 50-over career to focus on the shorter format and participate in the leagues, Buttler acknowledged the change and stated that he will choose his path carefully.

"Whatever happens will work out itself. The landscape has changed a bit and there are more opportunities now. It’s just a question of what fits for you moving forward and what’s best," Buttler said.

"We eagerly anticipate the World Cup, boasting a formidable group of players. Representing your country in the World Cup is a thrilling experience that demands our full focus. We want everyone on the team to stay firmly in the present moment," Buttler concluded.

England squad for ICC World Cup 2023

Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.