Sport 24 – London – Ed Smith was adamant that Jos Buttler would prove
to be the “right player at the right time” after recalling the
talented batsman to Test duty in his first squad announcement as England’s new
national selector.

Summary

  • London – Ed Smith was adamant that Jos Buttler would proveto be the “right player at the right time” after recalling thetalented batsman to Test duty in his first squad announcement as England’s newnational selector.
  • But Smith is confident Buttler’s recent good form in theTwenty20 Indian Premier League can be carried into the Test arena.
  • Buttler is now set to play as a specialist number sevenbatsman in an England order where captain Joe Root will move up to three andBairstow five against a Pakistan side who beat Test newcomers Ireland by fivewickets at Malahide on Monday.
  • Buttler has yet to hit any great heights in Test cricket butformer England batsman Smith said: “We feel it’s the right thing, at theright time with the right player.
  • But he also repeatedly got out when well-set and the40-year-old Smith,who played three Tests for England in 2003, remains amongthose yet to be convinced by Vince.


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