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England vs. Pakistan: Jos Buttler in squad for first Test

16 May 2018, 12:29 | Sandy Nunez

Jos Buttler has been recalled by England

IPL 2018 Blow for Rajasthan Royals as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are recalled by England

Buttler, who played the last of his previous 18 Tests in December 2016 but is an inked-in white-ball player for his country, will be back as a specialist batsman - with Jonny Bairstow retaining the wicket-keeping gloves.

There was also a first Test call up for Somerset spinner Dom Bess after his county teammate Jack Leach was ruled out of the two-match series due to a thumb injury.

Less than two months ago, New Zealand inflicted a historic series win over an England side that had already lost the Ashes over the winter.

Smith said: 'With Jack Leach missing out through injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.

Jos Buttler has been recalled to the England Test team for the first clash with Pakistan.

The 27-year-old wicket-keeper has only played four first-class matches since his last Test appearance but has been in sparkling form in the Indian Premier League with five consecutive fifties batting at the top of the order for Rajasthan Royals.

"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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Bess has only one wicket to his name this season but has a good record from his 16 first-class matches, with 63 wickets at 22.49, and has impressed for the Lions.

Vince averaged 26.88 against the Baggy Greens and, but averaged 47 in the one Test he played against the Black Caps, in which he scored an encouraging 76.

'Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection'. Vince pays the price for averaging just 24 from his 13 Test appearances. Despite that, the selectors have chose to stick with him, at least for now, despite an average of just 30.17 from ten Test matches.

England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes.

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.

England also announced that Malan and Curran have been awarded incremental contracts after accumulating enough global appearances during the 2017/18 contract year.



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