England coach Chris Silverwood said that Ben Stokes’ temporary job swap with Jos Buttler in the Indian Premier League will not “muddy the waters” in the England camp. However, Silverwood was happy to see Stokes try his hand as an opener at the IPL 2020.
Stokes was promoted at the top of the order whereas Buttler was slotted in at No.5 by Rajasthan Royals in the recently concluded IPL 2020 in UAE. However, Buttler has been doing the job of opener for England in the last 10 T20I with all-rounder Stokes a fixture in the lower middle order for most of his career.
Jos Buttler returned as an opener while Stokes came in at No.3 in England’s intra-squad warm-up on Monday.
“It’s great that those two guys get the experience of doing different things and I don’t think it ever hurts them as players to explore different options, but it doesn’t muddy the waters at all,” Chris Silverwood was quoted as saying by PA news agency.
“We’re pretty certain about which way we want to go and we’ll do that. We are blessed with the batsmen we’ve got here, world-class players who are capable of doing a multitude of jobs in that order.
“I know Ben was keen to do it, he’s always keen to get up the order and give it a go. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’d say I was glad to see him do well.”
“We’ve got a large group of players here but do have that squad that we’ll initially pick from. If guys are here and doing well, you never know, but we picked that squad and we’ll start there.