Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

After impressive IPL stint, Buttler recalled by England for first Pakistan Test

England announce first Test squad of summer ahead of Pakistan series England face Pakistan and India in home Test series this summer
Cassandra Gardner | 17 May, 2018, 00:13

The 27-year-old has had a frustrating 18-match career in Test cricket, with his last appearance in the format against India at Chennai in December 2016.

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).

Reflecting on Bess' inclusion, national selector Ed Smith said that the uncapped spinner has been roped in the squad as a replacement for left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who broke his thumb recently.

Ben Stokes of Rajasthan Royals.

Bess so far has taken a solitary wicket in two County matches this season, but he had routed Essex with 6 for 51, playing for MCC earlier this season.

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The home ministry said the first report that the state had sent was "sketchy", PTI reported quoting unidentified officials. Sources are saying that the Trinamool Congress has already won 20,163 of the total 58,692 seats unopposed.


Stokes, on the other hand, played his last game against New Zealand, his country of birth, after having made a return to the side from suspension, after having been charged with affray in September a year ago.

"Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white ball teams", said Smith in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

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.

England's new national selector Smith believes it is "the flawless moment" to reintroduce Buttler to Test cricket. "He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams", said Smith. They were included in the England Test squad for the series against Pakistan and were asked to report by May 17 by the cricket board. 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.

Buttler's return, to bat at number seven, will excite many in a line-up which will see captain Joe Root voluntarily move back up to three, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow delighted at a promotion to five and Mark Stoneman hang on to his opener's slot.

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