England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is set to face the axe for the third test against Pakistan after a string of below-par scores. Buttler has been struggling for form right since the Ashes, and his exclusion from the England side will be no surprise. In all probability, Jonny Bairstow will take over the wicket-keeping gloves. England are currently trailing 0-1 in the 3 match series.
England’s coach Trevor Bayliss hinted that Buttler would mostly be excluded from the team. “It’s no secret that he has obviously been struggling a little bit,” Bayliss said. “It doesn’t mean that he’s not trying his guts out … and I’m convinced he will do well over a number of years. But as we all know there aren’t too many cricketers who have ever played the game who haven’t had a bit of time out of the team. But we haven’t made the decision yet, we will sit down in the next couple of days and discuss all of those points,” said Bayliss.
“My experience with players in the past is that sometimes it does become a bit of a relief, that they are able to go about their business without the pressure of having to perform in the next match or to worry about whether they’re in or whether they’re out,” he added. “Sometimes it can be that relief that allows them to put everything else out of their mind and just concentrate on getting back in the team,” Bayliss further added.
Bayliss also indicated that Bairstow was completely fit to keep wickets for England. “Every practice we have been to Jonny has been keeping,” Bayliss said. “We said that to him at the start of the series, that everyone has to have every part of their game up to scratch. Certainly part of his game is that he is a keeper and from that point of view he had to keep working on his keeping just in case of injury, loss of form, he had to be ready to go,” said Bayliss.