After performing consistently in the limited overs format, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has said that he is ready to grab his chances in Test cricket if he is recalled to the England team for the four-match Test series against Pakistan.
Buttler, who has played 15 Tests scoring 630 runs, was dropped from the Test team in South Africa last winter. Jonny Bairstow who replaced him in the team has been in superb form and is guaranteed a spot in the playing XI. However, a spot is up for grabs in the team after Nick Compton announced his decision to take a break from the game. With Joe Root likely to be promoted to number three position, there is a possibility that Buttler will make it to the team when the selectors name the England squad for the Test series against Pakistan on Thursday. England coach Trevor Bayliss has already indicated that Buttler is in contention for a Test spot.
“Buttler is certainly in contention. We’ve spoken before about Buttler, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes playing as a batter – he made 250 just a few Tests ago – so they all have to be in contention,” Bayliss said a couple of days ago.
“If that’s what the coach is telling you to do, that’s a good start,” said Buttler on his hopes of making a comeback to Test cricket against Pakistan for the first Test at Lord’s, starting on July 14.
When quizzed about the reason of him getting dropped after the Pakistan series in the UAE last October, he added: “The word probably is a conviction.
“I didn’t probably have the same conviction that I have with the white ball.
“It probably comes down to making peace with what (the press) are going to write, what the public are going to think, and accepting that if you get caught second slip having a big whoosh, so be it.
“I think I’d rather do that than leave one and get bowled.
“It doesn’t change that the game’s about scoring runs. From what I’ve learned, whatever colour the ball is, me trying to hit the ball is the way I’m going to get the best out of myself.
“I’ve had some time away to think, put cricket into perspective and I’ve had some fantastic experiences in the last six months and I’ve learned a lot. That’s now translating into my cricket.”