Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Buttler gets surprise Test call-up

Buttler gets surprise Test call-up

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.

Vince averaged 26.88 against the Baggy Greens and, but averaged 47 in the one Test he played against the Black Caps, in which he scored an encouraging 76.

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

Smith said it was "the ideal moment" to reintroduce Buttler to Test cricket, adding: "He will bring unique qualities to the Test team".

Twenty-year-old Bess, whose opportunity comes after his Somerset team-mate Jack Leach broke his thumb in the nets on Monday, has made just 16 first-class appearances to date. Aesthetically pleasing at the crease, Vince struggled to back up his obvious quality with significant numbers - he has now played 22 Test match innings and averages a disappointing 24.90 after enduring a hard time of it during the Ashes series against Australia in the winter.


Jos Buttler hit six boundaries in an over for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on the day he was recalled to England's Test squad. Leach, also a spinner from Somerset, made his debut in England's most recent Test, against New Zealand, and was expected to be in contention to make the squad. James Vince, who batted at No. 3 for England in the 2017-18 Ashes and the subsequent series against New Zealand, has been dropped from the squad. He has not played a first-class match since September.

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. With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.

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.

England: 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.

England play Pakistan in the First Test at Lord's from 24-28 May. "Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case".

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