Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Buttler recalled to England Test squad

Buttler recalled to England Test squad

The squad also includes the uncapped Dom Bess, the Somerset spinner, with Jack Leach missing out through a thumb injury.

Looking for some dynamic lower-order batting, English selectors have made the surprising decision to call up to the in-form Jos Buttler to turn their recent fortunes around in the first Test against Pakistan at Lords starting next Thursday.

Buttler might find it harder to do the same to Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir in the Lord's Test from May 24 when he slots into the England side at No 7 - but you wouldn't put it past him!

James Vince has not been included in the 12-man squad following his disappointing Ashes series.

Lancashire's Buttler, 27, has not played first-class cricket this season but has made five successive fifties in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Smith, who met his fellow selectors Mick Newell and Angus Fraser, the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, and the Test captain, Joe Root, earlier on Tuesday, said: "Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent". The selection panel feels that it is the flawless moment to reintroduce Jos to Test cricket where he has already enjoyed some success.

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Buttler, who has not played red-ball cricket for England since the tour of India in November and December 2016, has found a rich vein of form for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this month, with a tournament-record five consecutive half-centuries, including unbeaten scores of 95 and 94 in his last two innings.

"Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team".

Bess, 20, has played just 16 first-class matches.

An injury to Somerset team-mate Jack Leach has paved the way for Bess's inclusion as the lone specialist spinner in a squad after England decided against recalling Moeen Ali.

The one big surprise is that Mark Stoneman, who has been desperately out of touch, retains his place at the top of the order ahead of the emerging Nick Gubbins and Keaton Jennings, who came close to a recall. 'He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams.

England squad for first TestAlastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dominic Bess. "Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection", said Smith.

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