England vs. Pakistan: Jos Buttler in squad for first Test

Jos Buttler

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

"Moeen Ali - we know he's a very risky player, we know he can play a major part in winning games with bat and ball, but right now, after a hard winter for him in the Test arena, it didn't feel like the right time to bring him back into the squad".

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). Nor has Buttler's Test career, now standing at 18 matches with an average of 31.36, yet reached the same heights as his limited-overs exploits where is regarded as one of the best players in the world.

'Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team'.

Buttler has already played three Tests as a specialist batsman, since he lost the Test gloves to Jonny Bairstow.

The 20-year-old Bess is likely to make his worldwide debut at the Home of Cricket after Leach's unfortunate injury.

Number three was a spot occupied by James Vince but he has now been dropped by England despite making an unbeaten double century for Hampshire on Monday.

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Bess has only one wicket to his name this season but has a good record from his 16 first-class matches, with 63 wickets at 22.49, and has impressed for the Lions. Buttler averages 31.36 from 18 Test appearances so far but he has caught the eye with some bludgeoning performances with the bat for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL recently.

Mark Stoneman may count himself fortunate to have kept his place after a similarly inconsistent winter in Australia and New Zealand.

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

England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes.

"Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career", Smith said.

Smith said: 'With Jack Leach missing out through injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler. "Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case".

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