GiveMeSport – Rarely is an England squad announced without prompting at least the slightest raise of an eyebrow.


  • It is unprecedented for a Test player to be picked because of their T20 form; frankly, on the back of some of England’s recent collapses, the last thing this side needs is another batsman playing as though he were in a limited-overs game.
  • Speaking ahead of Nottinghamshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup opener against Lancashire, the former England captain told Sky Sports:”I agree with the selection of Buttler in as much as you give certain people that extra yard, that extra chance, when they are freak cricketers.
  • “We travel the world and Buttler plays, albeit in white-ball cricket, he goes and smashed it everywhere, and people say ‘this lad can play’.
  • Buttler was dropped from England’s Test side 18 months ago after the tour of India but has never given up hope of a return, even if playing for Lancashire would usually be a better way of going about it.
  • Were England right to call up Buttler based on his IPL form?

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