Lancashire's Jos Buttler earns recall to Test squad

Jos Buttler

England National Cricket Selectors have announced the following 12-man squad for the first Test match against Pakistan at Lord's starting on 24 of this month.

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.

Buttler has not played Test cricket since England's tour of India in December 2016, but he has been in exceptional form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), where he scored five half-centuries in a row, which equalled the tournament record set by legendary India batsman Virender Sehwag back in 2012.

DOM BESS has revealed he received his first England call-up while shopping in Ikea. Meanwhile, James Vince has been dropped from the squad despite a double hundred for Hampshire on Monday, while opener Mark Stoneman retained his place.

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.

While Bess has received an England call after just 16 first-class appearances, Buttler is back in the frame for a 19th cap after a break of nearly 18 months but on the back of his brilliant Indian Premier League form.

Buttler will bat at seven for England at Lord's next week with Smith deciding his counter-attacking flair is just what the team needs after a winter of batting failures.

"The selection panel feels that this is the flawless 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".

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.

Speaking about Bess, Smith said: "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", Smith said.

Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk); Dom Bess; Stuart Broad; Jos Buttler; Alastair Cook; Dawid Malan; Ben Stokes; Mark Stoneman; Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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