India in England 2014 July 22, 2014

Buttler replaces Prior for third Test

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'Buttler vibrancy what England need'

England have included Jos Buttler in their 13-man squad for the third Investec Test against India, confirming him as the successor to Matt Prior behind the stumps. Simon Kerrigan, the Lancashire spinner, has also been left out but the squad is otherwise unchanged.

A delay to the announcement had led to speculation about whether Alastair Cook would continue as captain - despite asserting he would not give up the role on Monday - but the ECB release eventually contained no surprises.

Prior chose to stand down from international cricket and work on returning to fitness after England's damaging defeat at Lord's, accepting that he may have played his last Test. Buttler, 23 and England's regular limited-overs wicketkeeper, was called up as cover for Prior before the first India Test and is now in line for a debut at the Ageas Bowl.

There were calls for Buttler to be promoted after he scored the fastest ODI century by an England player, against Sri Lanka in May, although Cook said at the time he was not ready for the step up to Tests. Buttler averages 33.32 in first-class cricket but has been in good form for his new county, Lancashire, with one century and five fifties so far this season.

Ben Stokes might be considered the player whose position is most at risk, after making three consecutive ducks - to go with seven wickets at 33.14 - in two Tests. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes provide other all-round options in the squad.

Stokes' bowling average is actually better than his senior colleagues, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett, and England have previously indicated that some rotation may be necessary during the series. Anderson is to face a Level 3 disciplinary charge at the conclusion of the third Test, which could see him banned for the final two matches.

"The result of the second Investec Test at Lord's was very disappointing," James Whitaker, the national selector, said. "One or two of our players had encouraging performances, however, it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.

"Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fully deserves this opportunity. Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests. He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months. "

England squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Looks like a good teamsheet today. Good to see Jordan back in. Very excited for Buttler....let's play!

  • Ian on July 24, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Buttler certainly has good potential, but he had to change counties over the winter, as he couldn't get the keepers gloves away from Kieswetter at Somerset - and England don't even use Kieswetter in the ODIs any more, let alone Tests. At the start of the season, England should have selected James Foster as keeper, to allow Buttler a full season at Lancs, to work on his 'red ball' game. Foster is the best gloveman in the country (possibly, the World), not a bad bat, an established county captain, and a good friend of Cook. He could have added a great deal for at least this season.

  • Nicholas on July 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @Amit Shukla (post on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT): Outside of Australia and South Africa, Warner averages 24. So whilst I'm warming to the luxury of having an explosive opener (loved watching the likes of Hayden and Sehwag in their prime), in places like U.K. where we get a lot of movement/swing attacking openers have generally not done so well in international tests. So I doubt we'll be seeing the likes of Hales, Lyth, Carberry etc. this series however good they're doing in County.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    alex hales should replace cook in the test team and bell should be made the captain. england must realise that these days explosive openers are a must in tests. alex hales can be englands david warner in tests. england xi = hales, robson, balance, bell (c), root, moeen, buttler (w), jordan, broad, anderson, plunkett

  • lan on July 24, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    On one hand we must remember we are a changing team, on the other the "senior" players have under performed hugely. I think our bowling attack lacks variety, Stokes was the only one to bowl a decent length/line & once Plunkett dropped the ridiculous leg theory idea he looked very dangerous. If we added Gurney & Finn, & stick with Moeen Ali & give him a proper bowl, then I reckon we would have a threatening attack. Anderson & Broad don't deserve a place on current form. I don't understand why Cook doesn't drop down the order, bring in Carberry to open with Robson. Bell to miss out out until Cook drops himself.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Need 2 major Changes.. Chris Jordan in place of Stokes and Butler for prior for obvious reason.. Would have liked to replace cook with Morgan..

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Problem with England is that they always look for players who can bat a bit and bowl a bit. they want their batting up to no. 11. Moin Ali, Stokes, Plunkett, Jordan, Woakes .. these players are in England side because of this theory. Stokes wouldn't have played in the 2nd test. There are better bowlers who can replace him. Finn, Onions, Tremlett... but oh!!! these players cannot bat.

  • Nicholas on July 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @SandhyaMohan (post on July 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT): as pointed out by my friend JG2704 before, Swann in fact is perhaps the biggest loss to the side. Yes the current line-up have scraped together 20 wickets, but not cheaply enough and the seamers are much too one-dimensional for my liking. In good form and fully fit, yes I'd definitely agree Trott and KP would be breaths of fresh air and restore some confidence in the batting department (I particularly miss the former). But one recent ton, whilst reassuring, is not quite enough to restore faith in Trott to be rushed back in, and I'm struggling to think of anything noteworthy other than amusing tweets that the other one has done of late to justify a sudden return to the fold. So no, in current form/hiatus, we are in fact not missing either of those two players at all.

  • Tony on July 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    I do feel sorry for Kerrigan, who appears to have been messed around. I think the selectors are wary of picking a new spiinner, be it Kerrigan, Borthwick, Riley or Rashid. However, at some stage they will have to take the plunge.

    I think Moeen is a half decent option, but needs more exposure to develep his bowling. Whether the test arena is the right environment is debatable. That is not to suggest he is not picked because I think he is a good all rounder in the making, more the fact he should not be our primary spin exponent.

    Broad needs a break. Anderson does too, but we cannot dismantle the front line attack completely. I hope Finn is an option again soon because he should be opening with Anderson. Plunkett and Jordan look decent supporting players. Stokes is out of sorts, so Jordan should come in.

    I doubt Cook as an leader, but not as an opener. I hope he get a break soon, but suspect a good innings will be translated as he has turned the corner as skipper - not so.

  • mohan kumar on July 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    If England have TROOTT & KP in their line up, that should be all together a different story. England desperately missing these 2 players .