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England hand Buttler Pakistan Test recall

England hand Buttler Pakistan Test recall

Smith said that the youngster had made an excellent start to his first-class career and added: "He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams.

Ed Smith, the new national selector, confirmed that Buttler will play as a specialist batsman batting at No 7 and Jonny Bairstow will move up the order to bat at No 5 and will continue to keep wicket.

Buttler was included in a 12-man squad along with uncapped spinner Dom Bess for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's next week.

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.

"I've just bought a house, so we were looking at a few things, having a browse - then Ed phoned me up!" Cricbuzz reported how ecstatic Bess was: "I was in IKEA with my girlfriend".

Bess' response was understandably enthusiastic - but monosyllabic.

Of the bad luck befalling Leach, who made his Test debut at the end of England's winter tour, he said: 'I was really gutted for Leachy. I couldn't quite believe it'.




Bess, who has taken just one wicket in two Championship matches for Somerset this season, said he thought he had a "slight chance" once news of Leach's injury broke but wondered whether the selectors might have opted for someone else, perhaps Amar Virdi who has been in wonderful form for Surrey in the Championship. "I'd wear the Three Lions supporting them as a kid and pretend to play for England when I played with my cousins and Grandad".

"I think it was a very proud moment for him - he's always backed me, no matter what".

"It was a very strong feeling that we wanted to invest opportunity in Jos".

Bess, 20, has an average of 22.49 from 16 first-class games.

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.

"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".