Jos Buttler has been recalled into England’s Test for the first Test against Pakistan which starts on May 24 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Spinner Dom Bess has earned maiden call-up in 12-man squad.
Buttler, a regular member in limited overs cricket, last played a Test in December 2016. Currently playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, he has hit five consecutive half-centuries. He will be joining England squad soon.
England will miss the services of Jack Leach due to finger injury that pulled him out of play. As a replacement, Somerset’s Dominic Bess gets a chance. James Vince and Moeen Ali have been dropped from the squad.
Selector Ed Smith said, “Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career. He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams. With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler. Dom’s strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection.
“Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England’s white ball teams. The selection panel feels that this is the perfect 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. Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team.”
Pakistan will be two Tests against England. The second Test will be at Headingley on June 1.
England squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com