Eoin Morgan is to be retained as England's one-day international captain for their upcoming tour of India, according to assistant coach Paul Farbrace. The left-handed batsman missed the Three Lions' 2-1 series win against Bangladesh due to security concerns, but Farbrace has insisted there are no lingering doubts about his position as captain.
In Morgan's absence, an inexperienced England side recorded an impressive series win against the ever-improving Bangladeshis, with Jos Buttler assuming the captaincy role. However, Farbrace said Morgan will "definitely" captain the one-day side in India in January, having overseen England's rise in the one-day game since the 2015 World Cup debacle.
"Morgs is the leader, but it's been great that Jos has had the experience," Farbrace said, according to CricInfo. "He will definitely be captain in India. There can't be any way around it. He deserves it. His team is continually improving, and he has definitely been the leader and allowed so many guys to play that way."
Despite this, Farbrace also stressed how impressed he was with Buttler's leadership, having been handed the job under such difficult circumstances. "On and off the field, we have seen Jos has more to him than others thought. He doesn't say a great deal, but when he does, people listen," Farbrace said.
"The cricket challenge is only one side. He has been very impressive with everything he dealt with, even the skirmishes in that second game, the way he dealt with that was very good. It was a great learning experience for him.
"The emotional side of it he has found quite tough, and selection is tough too. You go from being one of the lads with mates in the team, to knocking on their door and saying you're not playing. I don't think you could get a tougher series to start off with as captain, because there has been as much said about the off-the-field stuff as on the field."
In the more immediate future, England's attention has already turned to the two-match Test series in Bangladesh, which begins in Chittagong on 20 October. However, their preparations for the series have been somewhat undermined by day one of their two-day tour game in Chittagong being abandoned due to rain.