Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Buttler recalled to England Test squad

England announce first Test squad of summer ahead of Pakistan series England face Pakistan and India in home Test series this summer
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 13:35

England's Craig Overton celebrates with team mates after dismissing New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme during the fourth day of the first cricket test match.

Jos Buttler was handed a surprise England recall as new national selector Ed Smith announced his squad for the first test against Pakistan at Lord's, which starts on May 24.

"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..."

Buttler plays as opener for the Royals, but is likely to slot into England's middle order.

The 27-year-old has had a frustrating 18-match career in Test cricket, with his last appearance in the format against India at Chennai in December 2016.

Buttler will bat at seven for England at Lord's next week with Smith deciding his counter-attacking flair is just what the team needs after a winter of batting failures.

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Bess, meanwhile, was given the nod after fellow Somerset spinner Jack Leach was ruled out of the upcoming series due to a broken left thumb.

While Stokes hasn't been at his absolute best in IPL 11 but Buttler has unarguably been the team's best batsman and has been the man behind team's recent resurgence.

"The selection panel feels that this is the flawless moment to reintroduce Jos to test cricket, where he has already enjoyed some success, including a stint playing as a specialist batsman at number seven", Smith added.

Dom Bess was close to speechless when Ed Smith interrupted his morning trip round Ikea to tell him he was in line for a Lord's Test debut against Pakistan next week.

Bess has taken 63 wickets in 16 first-class games at an average of just more than 22. He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams. "Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection".

But he starred for MCC in the Champion County match against Essex in March where he took eight wickets in the match and scored a century in a victory over the county Champions in Barbados.