England recall Buttler for Pakistan Tests

England recall Buttler for Pakistan Tests

England lost that five-test series 4-0 and Jonny Bairstow has kept gloves ever since.

Official: We have named a 12-man squad for our first Test against Pakistan.

Buttler's last Test appearance came 18 months ago and he has played little first-class cricket since as his focus has been drawn towards one-day cricket and the various T20 franchise leagues across the world.

This was the first squad selection process involving the newly appointed selector, Ed Smith, and he was obviously keen to make an early impression as Vince has paid the price for numerous failures in an England shirt.

The fall guy is James Vince, left out because he needs to make more runs with the undoubted talent he has according to Smith - while Bess' opportunity comes after his fellow Somerset spinner Jack Leach cruelly broke his thumb in the nets on the eve of the selection meeting.

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

"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".


Leach made his debut in the final Test of England's winter against New Zealand in Christchurch and would have played at Lord's but for a broken finger sustained in the last County Championship round against Hampshire.

Ben Stokes though cleared that he gave all he had during this period for his team and was thankful for everyone at the Royals franchise who supported and played with him during his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bess, who has taken only one wicket for Somerset this season, has 63 at 22.49 apiece in 16 first-class matches.

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. '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 first Test between England and Pakistan will get underway on May 24, while the second Test will be held at Headingley on June 1.

Cook, Stoneman, Malan, Root (captain), Stokes, Bairstow (keeper), Buttler, Woakes, Broad, Bess, Anderson, Wood.

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