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England recall Buttler for first Test vs Pakistan

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England selectors on Tuesday gave a recall to explosive wicketkeeper-batsman to the Test squad for the first Test against at Lords, starting on May 24.

Buttler, who is currently impressing for Rajasthan Royals at the ongoing (IPL), is expected to play as a specialist batsman at number seven. He has not played Test since England's Test against in Chennai in December 2016.

Also in the squad is Mark Wood, who left the IPL early in order to push his claim for a place in England's Test side.

England's new national selector has also called up uncapped off-spinner following an to his Somerset spin twin Jack Leach, who played in the side's previous Test against

Bess, 20, has an average of 22.49 from 16 first-class games.

Meanwhile has been dropped from the squad despite a double hundred for Hampshire on Monday, while opener retained his place.

Commenting on the squad, Smith said: "is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white ball teams."

"The selection panel feels that this is the perfect moment to reintroduce Jos to Test cricket, where he has already enjoyed some success, including a stint playing as a specialist batsman at number seven. Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team," he added.

Squad: (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Chris Woakes,



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 20:36 IST