Sunday, 22 July, 2018

England recalls Buttler for first Test against Pakistan

Spinner Dom Bess speechless at England Test call-up England v Pakistan: Jos Buttler & Dom Bess included in squad for first Test
Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2018, 12:27

Butler who has been on 20/20 duty in India last played a test match in the fifth Test against India in Chennai.

Somerset spinner Dominic Bess is also included in the squad as a replacement for his injured county teammate Jack Leach, with Moeen Ali overlooked following a torrid winter in Australia.

"Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white-ball teams", national selector Ed Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Nor has Buttler's Test career, now standing at 18 matches with an average of 31.36, yet reached the same heights as his limited-overs exploits where is regarded as one of the best players in the world.

Bess has played 16 first-class matches, impressing with both bat and ball, and Smith said the 20-year-old had made a fine start to his career.

Buttler has already played three Tests as a specialist batsman, since he lost the Test gloves to Jonny Bairstow.

"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".

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"Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection", Smith said.

Vince wasn't alone in suffering at the hands of the Australian bowlers and he appeared to have earned a stay of execution when scoring 201 not out in Hampshire's drawn County Championship match with Somerset earlier this week. Vince pays the price for averaging just 24 from his 13 Test appearances. However, he did fare a lot better against New Zealand. Stoneman's top score was 60 in the second Test against New Zealand and he has not passed 30 for Surrey in seven innings this summer.

The rest of the squad is as expected.

Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Dom Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Afterwards, he spared a thought for his county team-mate - who made an encouraging debut himself in the last Test of England's winless winter, against New Zealand in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, batsman Dawid Malan, who was one of the few England batsmen to enjoy some success during the Ashes, and pace bowler Tom Curran, who has shown encouraging signs in limited overs cricket, have been awarded incremental contracts.

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