Image courtesy of: Zimbio
“I think there are a lot of match-winners in our dressing room and now is a great opportunity for guys to step forward and try to emulate some of the success that Kevin had”
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has announced that he is determined to become the national team’s new shining light, following the departure of Kevin Pietersen.
Buttler, like most of the other players in the England team, was shocked to find out that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had terminated Pietersen’s central contract.
“The calibre of player that Kevin was, it was great to be around him,” Buttler said. “Personally, I liked to try and ask him as many questions as I could – as everyone usually does, when you’ve got people who are that good.
“It’s good to try to pick their brains, and he was a great player for England.
“But that decision has been made, and now we have to move on as a team – and we can do that here, starting this week.”
Buttler also hinted that he has the potential to become England’s new “match-winner”.
“They are some big shoes to fill – obviously he was a great player,” Buttler said. “But…everyone has moved on from that now.
“I think there are a lot of match-winners in our dressing room and now is a great opportunity for guys to step forward and try to emulate some of the success that Kevin had.
“If they do that for themselves, we can really drive this new era. There is so much excitement around the group, new faces and new ideas as well.
“I’m still pretty young, but I’ve played a little bit now and had some really good experiences in my international career that I’ve learned from a lot.
“If I can pass on any knowledge to guys coming in, that’s great. Obviously as a wicketkeeper, it’s your role in the field to really drive that – and it’s something I think I’ve grown into better as I’ve played a few more games.
“It’s very exciting…some new faces around, a lot of fresh energy and a couple of guys on their first tour.”
Buttler added that he was pleased to have the opportunity of working alongside former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who joined the national team as an assistant coach for their limited overs tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20.
“Paul Collingwood is a different voice, with the experience he’s got,” he said. “He’s obviously got a lot of energy for the game, and a lot of knowledge. It’s great to have him around.”