Metro – England face Pakistan and India at home this summer (Picture: Getty)England’s quest to right the wrongs of a brutal winter and to eradicate the memory of the Ashes defeat begins next week when they face Pakistan at Lord’s in the first Test of the summer.

Summary

  • England face Pakistan and India at home this summer (Picture: Getty)England’s quest to right the wrongs of a brutal winter and to eradicate the memory of the Ashes defeat begins next week when they face Pakistan at Lord’s in the first Test of the summer.
  • Whether Buttler will finally come good in the Test arena is just one of a number of questions that present England ahead of a summer that also sees them face Virat Kohli’s India.
  • England’s Test captain has made no secret of his desire to bat at number four – where he averages 52 as opposed to 44 at three – but the Buttler selection forced his hand.
  • The team cannot afford for Root’s runs to dry up (Picture: Getty)But the promotion to first drop will lead to inevitable questions over his best position in the order if he does encounter a few failures, which is not inconceivable considering the Pakistan team includes Mohammad Amir, a hugely skilful bowler despite his recent struggles, and Mohammad Abbas, who has taken 32 wickets in his first six Tests.
  • Jos Buttler needs to transfer his one-day form into Tests (Picture: Getty)Bairstow has the ability to bat in any Test team’s top five – of that there is no doubt – but whether England will also be able to get the most from Buttler, a player who scored a record-equalling five consecutive fifties at this season’s IPL, at number seven is debatable.


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