T20 World Cup: Former England Test captain believes Jos Buttler’s men will bounce back

Defending champions is yet to win a game in T20 World Cup 2024

By Web Desk
June 12, 2024
England's white-ball captain Jos Buttler in a press conference - AFP 

England’s former Test captain, Joe Root, has come out in support of England’s white-ball captain Jos Buttler as they fight for the spot in Super 8 of the T20 World Cup 2024

Buttler’s led English team was unable to play their first game of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Scotland due to rain while they faced 36-run defeat to Australia.

The washed-out game and  defeat to Australia have put England – the defending champions of the T20 World Cup – in dire circumstances.

However, Root believes the team and the skipper still have a strong chance of bouncing back in the tournament.

As quoted by Sky Sports, the former captain in support of Buttler stated, "Jos is one of my good friends. I think he's a brilliant captain, so I don't think there's any question.”

When questioned if the English men still have a chance in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Root explained, "When it's all laid out and they've got their backs to the wall, which they have in this situation now, is when they play their best cricket. "It could really bring the best out of them, so I've got no worries whatsoever.”

Root was adamant that if the team goes out and does what they know is the best, then they will have a strong chance to qualify for the Super 8s.

"If they go out and do what they all know that they're capable of doing, we'll be finding ourselves in the Super 8s and the back-end of the tournament where it really matters to play our best stuff. I think they'll be absolutely fine, they've got a wonderful squad of players. They know exactly what they need to do.”

Root’s affirmation comes before England fights for its survival in the tournament against Oman on Thursday, June 13 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.