England recall Buttler for first Test vs Pakistan

England announce first Test squad of summer ahead of Pakistan series

Buttler, who is now impressing for Rajasthan Royals at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), is expected to play as a specialist batsman at number seven.

Jos Buttler has earned a surprise recall to England's Test team at the expense of James Vince, while the Somerset spinner, Dominic Bess, was the beneficiary of his team-mate Jack Leach's misfortune, as the new national selector, Ed Smith, unveiled his squad for next week's first Test against Pakistan.

Buttler, arguably England's most gifted cricketer, will play against Pakistan at Lord's next week even though he has not played any red-ball cricket since the end of last season.

Lancashire's wicketkeeper-batsman is in the squad for the first time since the tour of India in 2016.

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Smith, who met his fellow selectors Mick Newell and Angus Fraser, the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, and the Test captain, Joe Root, earlier on Tuesday, said: "Jos Buttler is an outstanding talent".

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has also been included for the first time while Lancashire's Jimmy Anderson is also in the twelve.

"The selection panel feels that this is the ideal 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".

"His overall Test record, he averages 31, to some extent that's beside the point - because he's evolved since then, he's become an even better player in the short form of the game", Smith added.

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In that same match, James Vince struck a double hundred for Hampshire the day before the selectors met at Lord's to finalise the 12-strong squad but it was not enough to convince the panel that he should retain his place for the first Test against Pakistan. After making his debut in Chirstchurch during England's series against New Zealand, Leach would have been expected to keep his place had he been fit but his injury gives Bess an opportunity, although it remains to be seen whether he makes the final XI.

Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk); Dom Bess; Stuart Broad; Jos Buttler; Alastair Cook; Dawid Malan; Ben Stokes; Mark Stoneman; Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

The Somerset bowler has been given the nod ahead of Moeen Ali after Jack Leach suffered a broken finger.

Speaking about Bess, 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.

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