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England recall Buttler for first Pakistan Test

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England recalled batsman in a 12-man squad announced today for the first Test against at Lord's on May 24.

In the first England squad since former Test batsman took over as national selector, Somerset off-spinner Bess was given a first call-up.

But, after England's tour series losses in and New Zealand, top-order batsman was dropped after a run of low scores at Test level despite the Hampshire batsman making an unbeaten 201 against Somerset on Monday.

Buttler, widely regarded as one of the most talented English batsmen of his generation, last played Test when he batted down the order.

The 27-year-old has had a frustrating 18-match career in Test cricket, with his last appearance in the format against at Chennai in December 2016.

Having made an impact at international level as a wicket-keeper/batsman, Buttler has been selected for the first of a two-Test series against purely as a batsman.

Jonny Bairstow, who succeeded Buttler as England's Test keeper, has retained his place behind the stumps having become a mainstay of Joe Root's side with both bat and gloves.

Buttler is currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League, where his last three scores have been 95, 94 and 81.

- 'Outstanding talent' -


But he has not played first-class for Lancashire, his English county, since the end of last season.

"is an outstanding talent, who is already a central part of England's white ball teams," said Smith in an England and Wales Board statement.

"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."

Bess, 20, has played just 16 first-class matches. But he starred for MCC in the match against Essex in March where he took eight wickets in the match and scored a century in a victory over the county Champions in

An to Somerset team-mate has paved the way for Bess's inclusion as the lone specialist spinner in a squad after England decided against recalling Moeen Ali.

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

"With missing out due to 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 for selection."

England 12-man squad to play in the first Test at Lord's, May 24-28: (Yorkshire, capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), (Yorkshire, wkt), Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), (Middlesex),Ben Stokes (Durham), (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire),

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:45 IST