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Buttler ready to answer England World Cup captain call

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Jos Buttler says he is ready to step up and captain England in the World Cup if injured skipper Eoin Morgan fails to recover in time to face Afghanistan on Tuesday. Morgan had to leave the field with a back spasm during the West Indies innings in Southampton on Friday, with opening batsman Jason Roy also forced off the field due to a tight hamstring. Vice-captain Buttler himself was unable to keep wicket in the team's previous match against Bangladesh but said he was fully fit as he contemplates leading the side. "I'd rather Eoin plays," said Buttler. "He'll have a scan and Jason the same and see how their injuries are but obviously we hope for the best." But he said England's approach would not change much if Morgan did not make it in time. "We've played under Eoin for a long time," he said. "I think he's a fantastic captain. He's someone I've tried to learn from, being vice-captain. I've talked to him a lot about the game. We've got some quite similar views so I think it would be very similar."

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