England recall Buttler for first Test vs Pakistan

Ben Stokes

The 27-year-old wicket-keeper has only played four first-class matches since his last Test appearance but has been in sparkling form in the Indian Premier League with five consecutive fifties batting at the top of the order for Rajasthan Royals.

Jos Buttler has been recalled to the England Test team for the first clash with Pakistan.

"The first thing we talked about as a selection panel - and it coincided with one of my first trains of thought coming into the job - was how could we..."

The fall guy is James Vince, left out because he needs to make more runs with the undoubted talent he has according to Smith - while Bess' opportunity comes after his fellow Somerset spinner Jack Leach cruelly broke his thumb in the nets on the eve of the selection meeting.

"He's become such a complete cricketer in the white-ball form of the game and we felt it was the flawless opportunity to reintroduce him to Test cricket and for him to play his full expressive way in the Test arena as well".

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

'Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his first-class career, ' said Smith, who pipped Andy Flower to become England's new national selector.

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Bess has taken just one wicket in two County Championship matches this season but claimed 6 for 51 for MCC in the Champion County match in Barbados.

But there is no place for James Vince even though he made an unbeaten double century for Hampshire against Somerset on Monday.

'With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler.

England will play two tests against Pakistan, with the second starting on June 1 at Headingley. Although he showed glimpses of what he can do, particularly in making 83 in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, an average of 24.90 from 13 Tests ultimately counted against him.

"Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection", Smith said. However, he did fare a lot better against New Zealand.

Cook, Stoneman, Malan, Root (captain), Stokes, Bairstow (keeper), Buttler, Woakes, Broad, Bess, Anderson, Wood.

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.

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