Jos Buttler eager to regain test spot

Krishna Chopra / 25 June 2016
Jos Buttler

The next couple of months are extremely integral for England as an important home test series against Pakistan is on the cards. Pakistan might look like a rather incompetent ODI outfit, but the fact remains that in conditions suiting swing and seam, the Pakistani bowlers could get just too hot to handle. For any side to succeed against Pakistan, it becomes the duty of the batsmen to step up and shoulder the responsibility.

While speaking about recent form, England’s limited overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has just been in sparkling form. Buttler played an important knock against Sri Lanka in the first ODI to resurrect England from dire straits. Post his heroics, he spoke to the media and reiterated the fact that his primary ambition was to regain his test spot, which he lost to fellow teammate Jonny Bairstow.

“Yes of course, Buttler said about his wish to be back in England’s test squad. “But I have to be playing well for that to be an option. I got dropped from the Test side for a reason but I’m ambitious to get back in and the only way I can do that is by performing. I want to give the selectors another choice.”

“Jonny is ambitious to be the keeper and I’m sure it’s frustrating for him when people ask questions like this,’ said Buttler about the situation from Bairstow’s point of view. “Both of us are keeper-batsmen and as such it’s in the job description that you keep wicket. Asking us if we want to keep is like asking a reporter if he wants to report.”

“All I can do is try to play as well as I can and score as many runs as I can,’ said Buttler about his ultimate path. “I don’t walk out to bat thinking “if I score runs today I could get back in the Test side”. “I just have to play to whatever situation I’m in and everything else will be a by-product of that. I made the decision to play in the IPL and miss out on red-ball cricket but I’m really happy with where my game is at and enjoying my cricket,” he concluded.

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