4 current white-ball captains who do not play Test cricket right now
Leading a national side is a big achievement for any cricketer. However, in this era, teams draw a clear line between formats and ensure that if a player is not suitable for the other format, he will not be included although he could be a captain in the other format. In this article, we take a look at four current white-ball captains who do not play Test cricket right now.
When it comes to skillsets, there is actually a wide gap between what is required for the white-ball game and what is necessary to do well in Tests. Hence, we have some players operating mainly in ODIs and T20Is while they do not play Tests. Sometimes, it could be the call of the management to exclude them from Tests.
1) Jos Buttler - England
Jos Buttler is the biggest name on this list. He was a part of the Test squad in the past but he was dropped after a long run of disappointing scores. Right now, he is the white-ball skipper and does not have a spot in the Test Team. That said, in England's new approach in Tests, Buttler could be an interesting addition and there might even be a possibility for his comeback after the 2023 ODI World Cup.
2) Dasun Shanaka - Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka is one of the current white-ball captains who do not play Test cricket right now. The Sri Lankan skipper has played 6 Tests in the past but does not have a place in the Test setup right now. He has been an inspirational skipper in T20Is and ODIs and Sri Lanka would be hoping that Shanaka's stint would result in something very important for the team in the coming months.
3) Shai Hope - West Indies
After Nicholas Pooran stepped down, Shai Hope was appointed as the ODI skipper of the West Indies. Hope last played a Test in 2021 and although West Indies has played many Tests since then, Hope has not been included. Nevertheless, with the 50-over World Cup happening this year, it is important that Hope does well. Having played 38 Tests, he also has experience in the longer format to make a comeback.
4) Rovman Powell - West Indies
Rovman Powell is also one of the current white-ball captains who do not play Test cricket right now. When it comes to T20Is, West Indies has majorly had a captain who was far away from Tests. In Rovman's case, too, it is no different. His power game is more suited to T20Is and hence, he does not have a place in the Test squad and is also unlikely to have one.