England vs. Pakistan: Jos Buttler in squad for first Test


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.

England's spin role had become vacant after Jack Leach, Bess' Somerset team-mate, suffered a broken thumb in the nets on Monday and was ruled out for a month.

Jos Buttler has been recalled to England's Test squad for the first match of the summer against Pakistan, starting at Lord's on 24 May. But after England's Test series defeats in Australia and New Zealand, top-order batsman James Vince got the axe.

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.

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Buttler is now playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League, where his last three scores have been 95, 94 and 81.

Commenting on the squad, Smith said: "Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white ball teams".

20-year-old Bess seemed to have received call-up on the back of his impressive performance in the Champion County match for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against Essex in March, when he bagged eight wickets besides scoring a century to help his side come out victorious.

"The selection panel feels that this is the ideal 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.

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"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".

"Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career. Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection".

Buttler's return, to bat at number seven, will excite many in a line-up which will see captain Joe Root voluntarily move back up to three, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow delighted at a promotion to five and Mark Stoneman hang on to his opener's slot.

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