Cook asks England to keep faith in ‘world-class’ Buttler
This statement comes on the back of Buttler’s underwhelming winter with the bat, averaging less than 18 runs across five matches in New Zealand and South Africa.
While admitting that Buttler has not been at his best of late, England’s record run-scorer Cook thinks it is quite normal to be out of form sometimes, but the leadership qualities that Buttler possesses should not be forgotten.
“Mike Atherton summed it up best when he said ‘there is always going to be someone out of form’. That’s just the nature of the beast, you won’t have 11 players in the best form of their lives.
“Jos did struggle, by his own admission, with the bat in that South Africa series. He’s going to a place now where he has scored runs before and, again, sometimes you do have to look at the long-term,” said Cook.
Meanwhile Cook also claimed Keaton Jennings’ recall for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka is a “no-brainer”.
Jennings made his last appearance for England at the start of 2019. The 27-year-old has an average of just 25 which should not be appropriate for a modern-day Test batsman. However, he also scored both of his red-ball centuries in the subcontinent and deserves his recall, according to Cook.
“I think it’s a fairly obvious decision to make. Rory Burns isn’t there, so you need cover at the top of the order,” said Cook.
“If there is an injury you then have your best players available so I think it is a no-brainer. Whether what he does in Sri Lanka means he becomes first choice in June is not relevant,” he added.