But­tler re­warded for IPL form with Test call-up

Sport360 - - Ireland V Pakistan - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­toral@sport360.com

Jos But­tler was re­warded for his stel­lar per­for­mance in the on­go­ing In­dian Premier League with a re­turn to Eng­land‘s Test squad at the ex­pense of James Vince.

Eng­land’s new na­tional se­lec­tor Ed Smith an­nounced a 12-man squad on Tues­day to face Pak­istan at Lord’s next week, in which there is no place for Vince.

There was also a po­ten­tial de­but for Som­er­set off-spin­ner Dom Bess.

Vince’s match-sav­ing, un­beaten dou­ble-cen­tury for Hamp­shire on the eve of the se­lec­tion meet­ing seemed sure to keep him in the frame – but Smith has in­stead been per­suaded by But­tler’s won­der­ful run of form at the In­dian Premier League.

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.

Twenty-year-old Bess, whose op­por­tu­nity comes af­ter his Som­er­set team-mate Jack Leach broke his thumb in the nets on Mon­day, has made just 16 first-class ap­pear­ances to date.

Eng­land’s new na­tional se­lec­tor Smith be­lieves it is “the per­fect mo­ment” to rein­tro­duce But­tler to Test cricket. But­tler has smashed five fifties in a row in the IPL for Ra­jasthan Roy­als.

Smith said: “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.”

An in­jury to Leach paved the way for Bess’s in­clu­sion as the lone spe­cial­ist spin­ner in a squad af­ter Eng­land de­cided against re­call­ing Moeen Ali.

Back in Test whites: Jos But­tler.

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