Buttler recalled to England Test squad

Buttler recalled to England Test squad

Buttler recalled to England Test squad

Buttler, who is now impressing for Rajasthan Royals at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), is expected to play as a specialist batsman at number seven.

Of the moment he got the call from England's new selector Ed Smith, 20-year-old Bess said: 'I was actually in Ikea shopping with my girlfriend.

"The first thing we talked about as a selection panel - and it coincided with one of my first trains of thought coming into the job - was how could we..."

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Buttler has already played three Tests as a specialist batsman, since he lost the Test gloves to Jonny Bairstow.

The selectors could have gone back to Moeen Ali, who was dropped for the final Test against New Zealand, but he hasn't played any first-class cricket since due to being at the IPL.

Despite an unbeaten double hundred for Hampshire against Somerset earlier this week, Vince has been left out of the squad after failing to nail down his place during the winter. Buttler averages 31.36 from 18 Test appearances so far but he has caught the eye with some bludgeoning performances with the bat for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL recently.

"Overwhelmingly, we felt that a player of his unique gifts as a destructive batsman, fantastic competitive presence, dynamic athlete, someone who has leadership skills innate in him, who is playing with such confidence and flair, this was the right time".

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Butler who has been on 20/20 duty in India last played a test match in the fifth Test against India in Chennai. He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams. "With Jack Leach missing out, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler".

'Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection'.

All-rounder Chris Woakes and pace bowler Mark Wood kept their spots in the side, as did opening batsman Mark Stoneman, who failed to make his presence felt in Australia, but recovered to score two half-centuries and average 40.25 in the two-Test series against New Zealand.

Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes.

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