England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge July 8, 2014

Cook confident over Prior fitness

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Alastair Cook is confident Matt Prior will be fit to take his place in the first Investec Test against India after reporting "mild tightness" in his right thigh which led to Jos Buttler being called up as cover on Tuesday.

Prior was recalled to the Test side for the series against Sri Lanka having been dropped following the third Test against Australia in Perth. He made 86 in the first innings at Lord's but endured a difficult match with the gloves at Headingley.

"We're 99% sure that he'll be fine but we'll have a little check in the morning just to make sure," Cook said. "But all things at the moment are looking good.''

Prior spent the first part of the season battling his ongoing Achilles injury which meant his recall was uncertain until he managed to get through a Championship match for Sussex shortly before the first Test against Sri Lanka. He underwent a fitness Test on Tuesday where he was seen diving around with the gloves on.

Buttler is uncapped at Test level but put pressure on Prior for the wicketkeeper's spot before the series against Sri Lanka following his impressive one-day performances which included 121 off 74 balls at Lord's.

However, both the player himself and the England management followed the same line in saying he needed more time in first-class cricket to work on his red-ball game. He has had a solid Championship season for Lancashire with 491 runs at 40.91 included one hundred and four fifties.

At the weekend, Buttler said he was comfortable with his batting but believed his wicketkeeping still needed refining.

"The move to Lancashire has been going okay for me and given me the opportunity to develop my wicketkeeping a bit faster than before. But I have to be realistic. It is my first season keeping as a first choice keeper in red ball cricket and I have to remember that and not get frustrated that I'm not quite doing it as well as I would like to yet.

"I'm probably batting as well as I have in the Championship. I am a bit older and more experienced, I have matured as a person over the winter and it is going really well. I'm starting to learn my game a bit better but there is plenty of room for improvement."

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  • JG2704 on July 9, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @CodandChips - Have posted elsewhere on Jos.

    This season Chris Read's batting stats are actually better than Jos's and he is obviously a better WK and it's on familiar territory.

    I hate to say it but I could see Jos overcompensating on his game. You say you wouldn't but I thought Morgan would play his natural game when he played test cricket and he looked very inhibited in UAE. Personally I think there is definitely a place for unorthodox shots in test cricket - the key being shot selection.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Strange, that fans are asking for English players currently involved in the CC games, and Indian players who are currently touring Australia.

    One possible interpretation is that they consider this series 'so important' as to demand recalling players from important games! If it is so; wow, it's good for test cricket!, in general and Indo-English tests in particular.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Lets change this team up. Prior is the past Buttler is the future. Are we just trying to win one test or building for the future. If we are dispensing with our most exciting batsman in Kev, then lets bring through someone who can make this boring team at least worth watching. By the way can we replace Cook with someone that at least has a clue.

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @JG2704 While I doubt Buttler is ready with the gloves, he probably is close with the bat. While I would prefer a proper keeper, I doubt Buttler could be anywhere near as bad as Prior. Personally I'd go with Foster or even Bates (I did like Davies but he's given up keeping). Foster has improved with the bat. But batting for a keeper isn't too relevant. Especially if England pick certain bowlers like Woakes and Stokes who are more allrounders than bowlers.Bates is the best gloveman.

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @JG2704 You love your point about aggressive players overcompensating when playing the long format. While I agree it's a very good point, I doubt Buttler would suffer it. Certainly in this series with flat pitches and while India's spinners should do the business, their seamers aren't the most potent. Also if Stokes plays and Buttler plays (As I said before Buttler won't play), Buttler could conceivably be batting 8, which would give him a lot of licence to attack.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 9, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    @ FawltyBean Check the facts before posting anything!! India's overseas record is quite ito milar to SL with India ahead by 0.1, but SL is yet to win a Test in India/Aus!!!

  • Sexysteven on July 8, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I think u have to go with prior for abit longer and see if he can get back to his best form with bat and gloves I still think he has afew good years left in him he's coming back from injury so it's going take abit of time for him to get back to his best England do need his experienced in the batting order to help the new guys settle in I believe

  • YorkshirePudding on July 8, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @Chris Rotsey, Again I point out that 2 of the three you mention are In the middle of CC games, Read isnt but I'm not convinced of his test credentials he is 2-3 years older than prior and didnt really nail the job when he was given a chance.

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT) I think I read that they were preparing a dry pitch which seems really strange as this time India have the advantage in the spin dept with no Swann,Monty or specialised spinner.

    If Buttler were to play I'd want him to play like he does in SFs but I get the idea he will rein it in too much. From reports on CC games and comms from genuine fans with no agenda I've heard that Jos is looking far from ready. We must remember that this is the 1st season he has been a full time wicket keeper. Personally I think Read should have been called up. The guy is one of our best glovemen and hid batting has been better this season and it's on his home. ground. As others have also pointed out , it was only recently that Cook said Buttler wasn't ready

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    It is surely lunacy not to select a competent keeper in a five day test match. By common consent, Buttler is not ready so the logical choice lies between Bairstow (not yet a fully fledged Test keeper, but close, and a more than adequate Test number 7) Foster and Read. These two are both world class keepers who will save runs, take catches and stumpings, and pressure the opposition batsmen. Both average around 40 in the Championship (the same as Buttler!!!) and could bat at 8. The only point in calling up Buttler is if it is not thought he will play and he is there simply to gain experience and work on his keeping. If there is a chance Prior will not play, one of the other three should be there.

  • JG2704 on July 9, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @CodandChips - Have posted elsewhere on Jos.

    This season Chris Read's batting stats are actually better than Jos's and he is obviously a better WK and it's on familiar territory.

    I hate to say it but I could see Jos overcompensating on his game. You say you wouldn't but I thought Morgan would play his natural game when he played test cricket and he looked very inhibited in UAE. Personally I think there is definitely a place for unorthodox shots in test cricket - the key being shot selection.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Strange, that fans are asking for English players currently involved in the CC games, and Indian players who are currently touring Australia.

    One possible interpretation is that they consider this series 'so important' as to demand recalling players from important games! If it is so; wow, it's good for test cricket!, in general and Indo-English tests in particular.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Lets change this team up. Prior is the past Buttler is the future. Are we just trying to win one test or building for the future. If we are dispensing with our most exciting batsman in Kev, then lets bring through someone who can make this boring team at least worth watching. By the way can we replace Cook with someone that at least has a clue.

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @JG2704 While I doubt Buttler is ready with the gloves, he probably is close with the bat. While I would prefer a proper keeper, I doubt Buttler could be anywhere near as bad as Prior. Personally I'd go with Foster or even Bates (I did like Davies but he's given up keeping). Foster has improved with the bat. But batting for a keeper isn't too relevant. Especially if England pick certain bowlers like Woakes and Stokes who are more allrounders than bowlers.Bates is the best gloveman.

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @JG2704 You love your point about aggressive players overcompensating when playing the long format. While I agree it's a very good point, I doubt Buttler would suffer it. Certainly in this series with flat pitches and while India's spinners should do the business, their seamers aren't the most potent. Also if Stokes plays and Buttler plays (As I said before Buttler won't play), Buttler could conceivably be batting 8, which would give him a lot of licence to attack.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 9, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    @ FawltyBean Check the facts before posting anything!! India's overseas record is quite ito milar to SL with India ahead by 0.1, but SL is yet to win a Test in India/Aus!!!

  • Sexysteven on July 8, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I think u have to go with prior for abit longer and see if he can get back to his best form with bat and gloves I still think he has afew good years left in him he's coming back from injury so it's going take abit of time for him to get back to his best England do need his experienced in the batting order to help the new guys settle in I believe

  • YorkshirePudding on July 8, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @Chris Rotsey, Again I point out that 2 of the three you mention are In the middle of CC games, Read isnt but I'm not convinced of his test credentials he is 2-3 years older than prior and didnt really nail the job when he was given a chance.

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT) I think I read that they were preparing a dry pitch which seems really strange as this time India have the advantage in the spin dept with no Swann,Monty or specialised spinner.

    If Buttler were to play I'd want him to play like he does in SFs but I get the idea he will rein it in too much. From reports on CC games and comms from genuine fans with no agenda I've heard that Jos is looking far from ready. We must remember that this is the 1st season he has been a full time wicket keeper. Personally I think Read should have been called up. The guy is one of our best glovemen and hid batting has been better this season and it's on his home. ground. As others have also pointed out , it was only recently that Cook said Buttler wasn't ready

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    It is surely lunacy not to select a competent keeper in a five day test match. By common consent, Buttler is not ready so the logical choice lies between Bairstow (not yet a fully fledged Test keeper, but close, and a more than adequate Test number 7) Foster and Read. These two are both world class keepers who will save runs, take catches and stumpings, and pressure the opposition batsmen. Both average around 40 in the Championship (the same as Buttler!!!) and could bat at 8. The only point in calling up Buttler is if it is not thought he will play and he is there simply to gain experience and work on his keeping. If there is a chance Prior will not play, one of the other three should be there.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @Fawltybean. No offense meant to the Sri Lankan team. They are perhaps the most hard working bunch around. But the fact remains that their overseas record - by overseas, I mean outside the subcontinent. If the Sri Lankans were competitive outside the subcontinent they would have been playing more regularly in places like England, SA and Australia. The fact is that their batting is not competitive and therefore test matches with them doesn't make for great viewing/marketing in these countries. The very fact that they have not played more tests in these countries points out to their weakness outside the subcontinent.

  • FawltyBean on July 8, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    @PrabhakarMuthukrishnan - "of all teams to the Lankans" can't get more condescending than this. Same words more or less Joe Root used to describe SL. At the moment SL's overseas record is much better than India's.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 8, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @Robster1, If its catching up with prior then the same has to be said of Foster and read who are 2 and 3 years (respectively) older than Prior.

    Read was given 15 tests to show his metal, he averaged 15, Foster was given 7 games but averaged 25.

    In the end Buttler is the only keeper available as all the other hopefuls are in the middle of county games.

  • Vinod_Fab on July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @JG2704 .. I didn't underestimate the performances of prior but being said so the ball which he got out(bounced him out) was just an apalling one to digest..!!. SL just worked him out which in my opinion sealed his fate..!!. ENG must not take the risk if he is not fully fit,Jos do play flamboyantly but the corner of my heart i feel Jos,Broad,jordan(if he plays) might get those 120-150 crucial runs lower down the order which might be the difference.. Prior got too predictable that even commentators offering free advice for working him out..!!.. Come nottingham i will go with prior but Jos will be licking his lips in this test series..!!. Any idea whether they will be preparing dry pitches..??.. Bcoz in IND when they prepared rank turner,it got back fired..!!

  • 2MikeGattings on July 8, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    The selectors are right to look beyond Prior. Buttler is not ready and he knows it. Foster's time has come.

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    India need to be vary of England. The Englishmen will be smarting after their defeat of all teams to the Lankans, who are known for their very poor record outside the subcontinent. The Indians on the other hand can feel positive because they have a better batting line up than Sri Lankans ( remember even though rookies, Kohli, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Gambhir have scored centuries outside the subcontinent), plus the fact that our bowling always does well in England should help.

  • Robster1 on July 8, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Either age or injury have caught up with Prior as he's simply not the keeper he once was. Thanks Matt, but time for England to move on to the next generation. There's no way Prior's body will stand up to an intense 5 test series. Foster or Read as a stopgap while Bairstow, Buttler et all work on their keeping.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 8, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    It's not Prior's fitness that should worry Cook and the selectors, but his inability to keep wickets competently. He dropped an absolute sitter from Sangakkara, and that cost England the second test. And he was very lucky that he survived two LBWs that would have seen him out for ducks had Bowden given them out. England's fascination with Prior has me flummoxed. Apparently, he and Cook are the only ones who don't need to be in form or be even remotely competent at what they do to be selected.

  • sevillano on July 8, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    A very interesting and , i suppose, popular selection. I hope that Buttler will be successful, should he be required to perform in a Test. How difficult it must be to choose between so many very good but very different options for the keeper/batter position! Doubtless there would be no problem if there were someone who could keep like Bob Taylor and bat like Clyde Walcott or Sanga. But, to make things even more difficult, sometimes a very, very excellent batter, like Sanga or Alec Stewart, does not seem to bat so well when combining the two roles. Who should be chosen? a)The best keeper, irrespective of his batting potential; b)a great keeper who can bat a bit; c)a very good keeper and batter; d)a great batter and adequate keeper? Option a went out of fashion many years ago with Gil Langley and Strudwick. There are still many examples of the other options, modern day Bob Taylors, Alan Knotts, Adam Gilchrists or Clyde Walcotts. Foster? Read? Davies? Prior? Kieswetter? Buttler? etc.

  • landl47 on July 8, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    I'm afraid the England selectors have got stars in their eyes. Buttler isn't ready to be a test keeper and to his credit he knows it and has said so. His record as a batsman in first-class cricket isn't all that great either. The selectors should have gone for a top keeper who can bat at #7 or #8 (my choice would have been Foster), but instead they chose the flashier alternative. If Buttler shells a couple of chances, particularly off Moeen, it could cost England the game, the series and maybe Moeen's career.

    Adam Gilchrist, by common consent the all-world XI WK/batsman, made his test debut 9 days before his 28th birthday. He was ready and went on to have a stellar career. I have no doubt Buttler will be a very good test WK/batsman if he works at it for the next couple of years. He's not there yet.

  • on July 8, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Nice to see talented (and fearless) youngsters like Buttler getting chances to break into the national team.

    At the same time, I can't resist saying that Matt Prior may be one of the most under-rated and much derided WK-batsmen in the world, right now. He had 14 caught behinds in the 2-test series against Srilanka, just the other day! ... May be , in a losing cause. That is not entirely his fault. Even that performance doesn't cut much ice. For playing brave & resolute cricket, he is not behind the youngsters either.I guess, that is the plight of cricketers on the verge of retirement.

    In any case, good luck to Buttler.

  • Jezc on July 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Should have been Foster - he's the best Keeper I've seen for a long time. Unless a keeper is a complete bunny as a batsman then the best keeper should always be picked. Maybe another keeper may average 10 or 15 more runs with the bat but a top class keeper will easily save 50 or 60 runs or more with his work behind the stumps

  • real_gone_gadd on July 8, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    How exactly has Buttler progressed sufficiently in the month or so since he was roundly described as being "not ready" ? Could it be pressure on the selectors to pick "big name" players like him, Hales, KP? I've never seen a single innings boost the prominence of an England player - the next one that springs to mind is Ben Hollioake in 1997 at Lord's, but that was on d├ębut.

    Buttler probably isn't the safest pair of hands yet, so if this really is just cover for Prior then I;d go with Foster. Trent Bridge is not the place to mess around with your keeper - the ball will move through the air and off the pitch, and there will be variable bounce affecting carry.

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @Dharmendra Rana on (July 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT) Re "Butter can take the game away in a session from tiring bowlers"

    Prior does pretty well at doing that sort of thing himself . People either don't realise or overlook what he does for England in that respect. KP gets lauded to high heavens for his aggressive approach but Prior's SR is within 0.1 of KPs and he gets a fraction of the praise.

    Also people question Prior's WKing and from what I've read on CC reports from fans who have watched Jos in action , he looks far from ready behind the stumps.

    Personally I wonder if Eng could/should have brought Read in as cover. He's one of the best glovemen in the country and his batting form this year hasn't been too flaky either

  • YorkshirePudding on July 8, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @Ashwin Panemangalore, he isn't the best wicket keeper batsman in the UK, I'm sure a few notts fans would point at Chris read, and Essex fans at foster, Somersta fans would argue for Keiswetter, and Surrey fans would mention Steven Davies, though he seems to be focusing on batting at the moment.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 8, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    While Buttler is a promising talent he is lacking experience behind the stumps in the longer format. In his last FC game against Somerset he let 24 Byes past him. This is the problem of picking players with good form in the shorter format, especially in Keepers role, they arnt used to being behind the stumps for 100 overs.

    I do wonder if Bairstow would have been called up rather than Buttler if yorks weren't playinga CC game at the moment.

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (July 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT) Don't see it as a blessing at all. IMO Buttler will play like KP has done in the last year or so or how Morgan played when he played test cricket rather than how he plays in SFs. Prior is also an aggressive batsman. You look at his SR and it's pretty much the same as KP's in test cricket and his average is fairly healthy too for someone who keeps wicket and often has to bat with the tail. Of course he doesn't get the headlines that others get for his performances. He helped England change the tempo/course of the game in the 1st inns vs SL and we should have won that game had Cook been a little less safety 1st with his captaincy. Having said that KP the god has said England should get him in the side so of course that must be the right way to go

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    I hope Prior recovers and plays.

    Buttler is an amazing talent and a superb SF player but Prior has done the business for England over they years time and again. I also doubt that Jos would play with anything like the flair that he plays with in the shorter formats and I reckon he'd put those extravagent shots away in the test arena and become less of a threat. If Jos plays he needs to play with pretty much the same attitude that he does in SFs and KP did until a couple of years ago and I don't see that happening. For me Buttler will overcompensate and play like Morgan did when he played in the test arena.

  • on July 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Ankit Patni - Agreed. But i feel that Prior may have hit his peak as a Cricketer and Butter is on a rise. Also, with Pitches likely to be flat and dry,Butter can take the game away in a session from tiring bowlers.

  • on July 8, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    A few weeks ago he wasn't ready, we were told. Well, perhaps but the english selectors have obviously come to the conclusion that nor is anyone else! Learning on the job is probably the quickest way to bring him up to scratch in any case. So long as he doesn't get into Matty Wade modus with the gloves I'm sure he'll do very well, always great to see attacking cricketers coming through.

  • naveen_next on July 8, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Its the perfect time for Buttler to play at Test level...Prior had been inconsistent in last two years...

  • on July 8, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Buttler is the superior wicket keeper by a long shot He is the best wicketkeeper batsman in England I cant understand how he can be excluded for tests but preferred for ODIs

  • on July 8, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    More great captaincy from Alastair Cook; publicly declare Buttler isn't ready for test cricket then pick him just over a month later. So if Prior doesn't get fit in time, England will have a spinner (Ali) AND a wicketkeeper in the final 11 that Cook has raised doubts over. Nothing like showing confidence in your team.

  • Herath-UK on July 8, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Rather than as a cover this may be the right move for England. Prior being shamed by bouncing out by Eranga & com should be low in confidence at present. Anyway Prior I do not think a long term prospect from England point of view therefore this may be an ideal time to groom in at home against a weak indian bowling unit.

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 8, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Personally, I think Prior needs to be rested for a few Tests, he looks jaded at the moment.

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Yes Ajanthan, without a doubt!!!

  • Vinod_Fab on July 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Wow..!!.. That is blessing in disguise for ENG.. Atleast now ENG will have some player who can change the course of the game.. This is what KP wanted--Stokes and Jos in somehow..!!. I still suspect Jos is vulnerable to spin early on but still he is far good than all other ENG batsman(except cook,bell).. Gonna be a great contest.. Dhawan,Dhoni holds the key and i think MSD missed the trick by not selecting Dinesh Karthik who plays really well in ENG..!!. Anyways 3-1 INDIA..!!

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Good. As part of England "cost club" - untouchable players who are picked despite performing, Prior was rushed back far too early. A good 9 months on the sidelines would ve show us his desire, plus his keeping was dreadful against Sri Lanka and others deserve a chance. I hope Buttler plays and furthermore, grabs his opportunity with both hands.

  • Westmorlandia on July 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Prior is still low on confidence, and that matters a lot for a keeper - his attitude and constant chatter from behind the stumps used to raise the whole team, and when his form disappeared that element was lost. I think his problems against the short ball are also about confidence.

    He's only 32, though. If he play a few more games, gets a few runs, and starts to get back into the swing of things, then that will settle the question - Prior was regarded, until the Ashes last summer, as the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world, and he was.

    People imagine Jos Buttler coming in and playing innings like Adam Gilchrist. That's pretty unlikely. He might excite people, but that itself doesn't win you games.

    So I think England are right to stick with Prior, and I think Buttler would be a panic option now. The plan depends on Prior getting back to a high level - if he doesn't they will have to go with Buttler, but they should give Prior a few more games, and probably the whole India series.

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @ Dharmendra Rana: strange you say that. Prior has higher strike rate in first class cricket than butler, proven at the international level and one of England's most consistent players before the ashes in Australia... Indian bowlers will love to see his back for jos butler in tests any given day.

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    should of been Foster. England need the keeping more than the batting. Buttler's time will come if he improves his keeping and batting. both need improving

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    I like to ask all Indian fans commenting here, do you think you got the best Indian wicket keeper playing in your test team?

  • MarkTaffin on July 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Perfect time to get Buttler in; any concerns about the standards of his keeping can be offset by Prior's appalling effort at Leeds.

  • JPL5780 on July 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I have always believed that the benefits of a top-class wicket keeper (practical - more successful at catches & stumpings - and psychological - bowlers bowl better) outweigh the disbenefits (fewer runs scored), but for some time now the world has disagreed with this approach. It seems very unlikely that England will switch from the policy of selecting a batsman who can keep rather than a specialist keeper.

    But Stewart and Prior were both rather poor keepers when first selected as batsman-wicket keeper. They got better; so will Buttler. Judge Buttler's keeping once he has had a year or two of England keeping behind him - it is just about good enough now, but will surely improve. The time is right for him to be selected.

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    thing is butler is not performing in the first class circuit whereas keiswetter and bairstow r so I think they should have been looked at first but hope butler does well

  • whoster on July 8, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    The England selectors have got to get ruthless and axe Prior. He was brilliant with bat and gloves for a long time, but his glovework and batting has been dodgy for the past year. Against Sri Lanka, he was bounced out twice, including when he was well set on 80-odd. That's especially worrying - and he'd be a walking wicket against the Aussies next year.

    Ok, so Jos Buttler has work to do with his keeping, but so did Prior when he came into the England side. Prior learnt on the job in Tests and became a high quality keeper. We know the potential of Buttler as a destructive batsman, and if England are to attack the opposition, he needs to be tried out as England's long-term keeper/batsman.

  • pradeeplasantha on July 8, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    I think Butler is a great choice. He likes to play shots as well as a good wicket keeper. He will play differently and a good solutions for defensive English battling line-up. can't believe when some say he is not ready for Test. Also hope England will find a front line spinner instead of part-time spinner.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Best decision England have ever made! Buttler could be the closest thing you ever get to a Gilchrist type player but you will only know if you actually play him!

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    As an Indian fan, i hope Prior is fit enough to play. I would hate to have to bowl at buttler at number 7-8 when my bowlers are tired!

  • Balladeer on July 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    If Buttler plays (big "if"), he cannot be expected to grind. He cannot be expected to dig in and play defensively. He is a counter-puncher, and if England have their backs against the wall he will try to slog his way out. England must not expect him to bat for a draw, and they must be patient if he gets out with stupid shots occasionally. I'd play him at number six, before Ali, if going for a draw, so that there's a batsman who can play that sort of defensive innings to come in after him.

  • Jimmyrob83 on July 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Prior is done like a dinner. Being bounced out by military medium pace is all you need to know. As for his glove work, well yeah.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I don't think we should be considering Buttler for tests yet as his keeping still needs work. I would prefer to see a more proficient keeper such as James Foster or Steven Davies called up as cover even if their batting talent is lesser.

  • CodandChips on July 8, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    This excites me though I doubt he'll play. It's happened before. Davies was called up as cover in 2012 vs West Indies but Prior played through conjunctivitis. Bairstow was due to play in Brisbane but Prior miraculously recovered.

    I doubt his keeping is up to it but it can't be worse than Prior's recently. Also if England pick certain bowling combinations he could conceivably bat 8 or 9.

    I also wonder what Cook has to say.

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  • CodandChips on July 8, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    This excites me though I doubt he'll play. It's happened before. Davies was called up as cover in 2012 vs West Indies but Prior played through conjunctivitis. Bairstow was due to play in Brisbane but Prior miraculously recovered.

    I doubt his keeping is up to it but it can't be worse than Prior's recently. Also if England pick certain bowling combinations he could conceivably bat 8 or 9.

    I also wonder what Cook has to say.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I don't think we should be considering Buttler for tests yet as his keeping still needs work. I would prefer to see a more proficient keeper such as James Foster or Steven Davies called up as cover even if their batting talent is lesser.

  • Jimmyrob83 on July 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Prior is done like a dinner. Being bounced out by military medium pace is all you need to know. As for his glove work, well yeah.

  • Balladeer on July 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    If Buttler plays (big "if"), he cannot be expected to grind. He cannot be expected to dig in and play defensively. He is a counter-puncher, and if England have their backs against the wall he will try to slog his way out. England must not expect him to bat for a draw, and they must be patient if he gets out with stupid shots occasionally. I'd play him at number six, before Ali, if going for a draw, so that there's a batsman who can play that sort of defensive innings to come in after him.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    As an Indian fan, i hope Prior is fit enough to play. I would hate to have to bowl at buttler at number 7-8 when my bowlers are tired!

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Best decision England have ever made! Buttler could be the closest thing you ever get to a Gilchrist type player but you will only know if you actually play him!

  • pradeeplasantha on July 8, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    I think Butler is a great choice. He likes to play shots as well as a good wicket keeper. He will play differently and a good solutions for defensive English battling line-up. can't believe when some say he is not ready for Test. Also hope England will find a front line spinner instead of part-time spinner.

  • whoster on July 8, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    The England selectors have got to get ruthless and axe Prior. He was brilliant with bat and gloves for a long time, but his glovework and batting has been dodgy for the past year. Against Sri Lanka, he was bounced out twice, including when he was well set on 80-odd. That's especially worrying - and he'd be a walking wicket against the Aussies next year.

    Ok, so Jos Buttler has work to do with his keeping, but so did Prior when he came into the England side. Prior learnt on the job in Tests and became a high quality keeper. We know the potential of Buttler as a destructive batsman, and if England are to attack the opposition, he needs to be tried out as England's long-term keeper/batsman.

  • on July 8, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    thing is butler is not performing in the first class circuit whereas keiswetter and bairstow r so I think they should have been looked at first but hope butler does well

  • JPL5780 on July 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I have always believed that the benefits of a top-class wicket keeper (practical - more successful at catches & stumpings - and psychological - bowlers bowl better) outweigh the disbenefits (fewer runs scored), but for some time now the world has disagreed with this approach. It seems very unlikely that England will switch from the policy of selecting a batsman who can keep rather than a specialist keeper.

    But Stewart and Prior were both rather poor keepers when first selected as batsman-wicket keeper. They got better; so will Buttler. Judge Buttler's keeping once he has had a year or two of England keeping behind him - it is just about good enough now, but will surely improve. The time is right for him to be selected.