While an epic summer of English cricket may have ended in Ashes disappointment, Jos Buttler was keen to cast his mind back to the good times as he and his teammates toasted the tenure of Trevor Bayliss.
Taking charge in the wake of the 2015 Cricket World Cup debacle, the Australian – who, it was announced on Monday, will be succeeded in his role by Chris Silverwood – oversaw a remarkable change in fortunes that culminated in Buttler’s iconic run-out at Lord’s, before announcing he would be stepping down at the end of the Ashes.
And the 29-year-old Buttler – one of the chief architects of that World Cup triumph – believes Bayliss’ legacy was forever enshrined in that unforgettable moment in July.
“I do, but I think he wouldn’t really see it like that at all,” he said.
“This has been one of his big things: it’s all about the player and we’re just here to help you achieve what you want to achieve, but it’s all a massive team effort.
“I think Trevor and Eoin Morgan are a brilliant double act, who really created something very special.
“Now it’s not about this being an end-point; we’ve got to continue this. If you look at the one-day team, most of the guys are coming into their peak, so we’ve got a great opportunity going forward, with a t20 World Cup coming next year as well, to really try and make the most of this time for us.”
Speaking at the ECB Winners’ Trophy Tour event at his boyhood Cheddar CC, Buttler delivered a coaching masterclass before sitting down for a Q&A with the youngsters inspired by his summer feats.
And while he does his bit to further influence the future of English cricket, thoughts were simultaneously on the present: winter tours to South Africa and New Zealand, and the importance of a consistent strategy under new leadership.
“I think that’s something that Eoin Morgan and Joe Root have done really well, with a few others of the management behind the scenes as well, is to really value the culture of the team,” he continued.
“I think that’s something that will be a continuation with a new head coach – that’s something that Chris (Silverwood) has been really involved in as well.
“I think there are some great things in place with that, which will continue. It’s a really exciting time for both white and red-ball teams: off the back of the World Cup, the white ball trying to continue that, and the Test team with so much potential - still performing well, but with so much potential to grow, being in a World Test Championship, which is a really exciting couple of years for Test cricket.”
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