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England hand Buttler Pakistan Test recall

16 May 2018

However, a scintillating purple patch in the Indian Premier League, where he has scored five consecutive fifties for Rajasthan Royals, has earned Buttler a recall in Ed Smith's first party since being appointed national selector. He has not played a first-class match since September.

Buttler was included in a 12-man squad along with uncapped spinner Dom Bess for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's next week.

Buttler is expected to slot into the England team as a specialist batsman at No. 7, meaning Jonny Bairstow will continue wicket-keeping duties.

Having made an impact at global level as a wicket-keeper/batsman, Buttler has been selected for the first of a two-Test series against Pakistan purely as a batsman.

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.

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Vince, a shock recall for England's eventual 4-0 Ashes series loss in Australia, made 83 in the first innings at Brisbane in November and ended his southern hemisphere tour with 76 against New Zealand in Christchurch last month.

Bess has played 16 first-class matches and benefits from county team mate Jack Leach suffering a broken thumb.

'Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent who is already a central part of England's white-ball teams.

Cook, Stoneman, Malan, Root (captain), Stokes, Bairstow (keeper), Buttler, Woakes, Broad, Bess, Anderson, Wood. 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", Smith said. The selection panel feels that it is the flawless moment to reintroduce Jos to Test cricket where he has already enjoyed some success. 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'.

England hand Buttler Pakistan Test recall