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15-May-2018 14:16:00 GMT
Pakistan in England 2018

Buttler and Bess named in England Test squad

London: England have recalled batsman Jos Buttler and called up uncapped off-spinner Dominic Bess for the first Test against Pakistan starting next week.

Lancashire's Buttler, 27, has not played first-class cricket this season but has made five successive fifties in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bess, 20, replaces Somerset team-mate and left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who broke a thumb on Monday.

James Vince, who batted at three for England over the winter, misses out.

The first Test at Lord's starts on 24 May and the second at Headingley on 1 June.

England squad for first Test

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

Wicketkeeper Buttler, who has played 18 Tests for England, the most recent in December 2016, is expected to bat at seven.

He averaged 17.16 in only four first-class appearances for Lancashire last season, but has scored 509 runs at an average of 56.55 in 12 IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals this year.

Bess, who has taken only one wicket for Somerset this season, has 63 at 22.49 apiece in 16 first-class matches.


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