Buttler joins Anderson and Hameed in Test side for Third Test
Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Jos Buttler has been named in the England side for the Third Test against India in Mohali to join James Anderson and Haseeb Hameed which starts on Saturday.
Buttler replaces Ben Duckett who has struggled in the opening two tests against India and will make his return to the Test arena for the first time in 13 months. Alastair Cook has today confirmed that Buttler will bat at 7 and Jonny Bairstow will be wicket keeper.
It is the first time since 2007 that there have been three Lancashire players playing in England’s Test side. In the 2007 Fifth Ashes Test, James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff and Sajid Mahmood all played against Australia in Sydney.
In a series that Australia dominated, Andrew Flintoff hit an impressive 89 in the first innings, whilst James Anderson took three Australian wickets but the England were convincingly beaten by 10 wickets.
Ahead of the Third Test, England’s batting coach Mark Ramprakash said Buttler's preparations for his return to Test match cricket involved a 10-over match simulation against squad bowlers Jake Ball and Gareth Batty.
"We've tried to set little scenarios for him," said Ramprakash, a former England player.
"Ball would bowl an over, then Batty - we try to set fields, so have more of a match feel to practice. Within that 60-ball challenge is where Jos can try to put himself into the mindset of playing in a Test match.
"Is it ideal? No, not for me. I think his last 12 knocks in Test cricket, he's got past 30 once. If Jos gets the nod, we need to be understanding of that.
"He has clearly so much ability - but through lack of opportunity, it's been hard for him to develop. I hope people realise that and don't set expectations too high."
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