England hand Buttler Pakistan Test recall

Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler

Jonny Bairstow is however set to keep the gloves for England's opening game of the summer.

Buttler might find it harder to do the same to Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir in the Lord's Test from May 24 when he slots into the England side at No 7 - but you wouldn't put it past him!

While top-order batsman James Vince has been left out following a run of low scores at Test level, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has retained his spot behind the stumps. Leach made his debut in the final Test of England's winter against New Zealand in Christchurch and would have played at Lord's but for a broken finger sustained in the last County Championship round against Hampshire.

In comes the most gifted cricketer in England in Jos Buttler, who will bat at seven despite not playing a red-ball match since last September, and a young off-spinner of considerable promise in Somerset's Dom Bess.

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). I'm fully aware he hasn't played a red-ball game since the back-end of last season and our eyes are wide open.

The 20-year-old Bess is likely to make his worldwide debut at the Home of Cricket after Leach's unfortunate injury. Bess, 20, has an average of 22.49 from 16 first-class games.

England national selector Ed Smith says the team have "moved away" from using Moeen Ali as a front-line spinner in Tests.

"The message to Jos from everyone around the table was to play his way, to play with the confidence and the flair that he's capable of batting with and the skill and the decision making". "Dom Bess has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams", Smith added.

"Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection", Smith said.

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. "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 No 7".

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