Sri Lanka in England 2014 June 1, 2014

'Fun' Buttler can enlighten England

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English cricket has been short on uplifting experiences of late. Jos Buttler provided one at Lord's on Saturday.

In the last three months there have been two innings by England batsmen in white-ball cricket that have set a new standard: Alex Hales' 116 off 64 balls in the World T20 and now Buttler against Sri Lanka when he thrashed 121 off 74 balls, England's fastest ODI hundred, albeit in defeat.

Speaking immediately afterwards to TV, Buttler said the innings - and his 133-run stand with Ravi Bopara - had started as "fun" with the target so distant. Crucially, though, the fun - or freedom - never goes out of Buttler's batting. When the chase became realistic he did not freeze or start to overthink. It took the equal skill of Lasith Malinga to stop him.

"I think we were so far behind that nobody gave us a chance which took the pressure off us," Buttler said. "It gave us the chance to play with a lot of freedom and once we got on a roll we thought we were getting in a good position here and with ten overs to go we thought we were in the box seat. If Ravi and me had been there at the end we would have won the game but someone like Malinga coming back at the end it was always going to be really tough."

Both Hales and Buttler have central roles to play in the rebuilding of English cricket, but both are being held back from progressing to their respective "next level". There has been a reluctance to elevate Hales to the one-day side - he only made the current squad as injury cover for Alastair Cook - and now it has been confirmed that Buttler will not be a contender for the wicketkeeper's spot in the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka if Matt Prior is unavailable.

Overlooking Hales for the one-day side is actually more baffling than the caution shown over Buttler, although both players have recently shown the ability to do things that few England cricketers possess.

It is widely accepted that Buttler's keeping is raw - not least by the player himself - and that is as important to his future as a Test cricketer as his batting, although in the last decade England have not always put the importance of glovework on a par with the batting element of their keeper.

Buttler has made errors behind the stumps this season for England. He dropped a simple catch against Scotland and missed a tougher leg-side stumping in the Durham ODI against Sri Lanka.

His first-class batting average remains modest too, at 32.61, but this season for Lancashire he tops their averages having made 252 runs at 42.00. He is missing a century but his runs have often come after the poor Lancashire top-order has been removed for 100 or fewer.

However, echoing what Cook said after the Lord's match, although insisting conversations have not been had, Buttler was eager to dampen expectations.

"It is a pretty easy assumption to make looking at my game and where I am as a player. I am not ready for Test match cricket," he said. "It is my hope and ambition to turn into something who is talked about as a Test cricketer as quickly as I can.

"Test match cricket is completely different format. I average 32 in first-class cricket and if I wasn't playing one-day cricket I would not be at the forefront of anyone's mind. My glovework needs to improve too to be a Test match cricketer. I am 23. I have plenty of time to work on those things.

"I am getting better. This is probably the best start I have had to a first-class season. I am starting to learn my method in four-day cricket. I made the change to Lancashire to improve my wicketkeeping and do it full time. You have to remember it takes time. You want to accelerate your development but you want to be realistic as well."

If the player does not feel he is ready it is a non-starter to select him, but Buttler is a modest person. He is also the type of cricketer to reignite the debate of when outstanding natural ability should, perhaps, over-ride the need for a lengthy audition at domestic level. It is worthy to give Buttler his time at first-class level, but he will not need long.

And not that selectors should select on what the public want to see, but Buttler injects some much needed joy, exuberance and expression to English cricket.

"Certain guys are earmarked to play Test cricket and based on someone's opinion they think they can do it," Buttler said. "It would be great if that was the case for me but in the meantime all I can do is keep improving. I have so many areas to improve at a fast rate and it is down to me to do that."

There is little doubt that he will make it. Those at Lord's on Saturday who wonder why it is not sooner rather than later will just need a little patience. It will be worth it.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • grant1976 on June 3, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    @luke Hansford, onions too has been injured given you point on Stokes surely this applies to Onions too? My issue with Tredwell is 17 wickets at 56 in 2013 and so far this year 6 wickets at 45 in the CC. That's just not good enough for selection. There is a youngster at Kent Riley who looks good and has taken 17 wickets so far this term. My gut feel is they will for for Panasar as a specialist spinner or leave the spinning to Root and Ali or Patel.

  • Yevghenny on June 3, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    I think Buttler is good enough as a batsman to be in the ODI side, but that's a bit too adventurous for the England selectors

  • JG2704 on June 3, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @Cod+Chips - I told you that we weren't being granted any favours by Overton playing that game and it wouldn't surprise me if England asked Somerset to select him. I'm not from Somerset BTW - from Plymouth - but from Somerset's POV there seems to be a healthy competition for bowling/all rounder places from Meschede and the 3 Devonians. Interestingly Craig was the one who played for the U19s but Jamie was the one who came on strong last season. Craig maybe the preferred choice right now. It'll be interesting to see if either/both make it and if there's a chance they could both play in the same Eng side down the line? There have been no twins play for Eng in my lifetime and I'm not sure brothers have played in the same Eng side - maybe the Hollioakes did?

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @JG2704 So you're a Read fan? I prefer Foster, and although I'd ignore his batting, he batted abysmally at Hants the other night, and offered our fielders so many chances. My initial choice was Davies as he could both keep and bat, but for some strange reason he thinks it's beneficial to give up the gloves!?!

    Re Overton if I remember rightly he went at nearly 10 an over in that game so wasn't much help. I looked at his stats and his brother Craig has much better ones. What's the feeling down at Somerset? And who in your eyes if you've seen them play looks more convincing?

  • bobmartin on June 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    If England are going the Aussie route of selecting a specialist wicketkeeper rather than a batsman who can keep wicket... then really there is no choice...Prior should be out and one of Foster, who is probably the best pure keeper in the world today...or Read..who runs him a pretty close second should be in... but maybe either of those two might be seen as a step backwards rather than looking into the future.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    @CodandChips - how the times have changed. Buttler/ Pollard totally saved our skin vs Notts in a T20QF a few years ago.We have all rounders who can hit a ball like Mechede/Gregory but the latter seems to get injured as soon as he hits form. Eng should not play any white ball cricket near semi finals of trophies and that SF last year also hurt us as Notts had Broad and Swann released - after being RESTED??? for the England SF series. Re Overton - his white ball stats aren't good and I even wonder if Eng actually told Somerset to play him. It was certainly nothing to be thankful for that he was released to play a format where he struggles. Can't comment too much on the Hants players who were omitted although DM said a few home truths which didn't sit well with the selectors. Re Buttler as a test WK - I'd say no but I'm not hugely convinced by anyone.Read has had a few useful knocks this season so I wonder if they'd go against the grain re choosing/recalling an older player

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    @JG2704 (continued) Perhaps there should be a rule whereby you cannot feature in the semis/final unless you've played a certain amount of games for the county (either accross the whole season or in that competition), with exceptions made for teams who have suffered injuries. But it'd create a grey area.

    Saw the Viv impression. The background lafter says it all. I doubt Carberry will be in the England set-up much longer.

    Re Buttler his departure seems to have left Somerset's white ball batting lacking a finish. I remember at finals day at the Ageas Bowl in 2010 when Pollard and Buttler smashed it everywhere. Now you have to make do with Nick Compton as your finisher (I think he batted 6 during a match).

    What's your opinion as Buttler as a test prospect? And who would you chose as a keeper in this test series?

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    @JG2704 yeah we lost Carberry for the semi-final in which we lost to Glamorgan. Unfortunately we had to make do with Michael Roberts. But I doubt Carberry would have done much better against the Mascarenhas-like spell with the new ball. The thing that annoyed me was that you guys still had Overton released, and Notts got Swann and Broad for the final. Oh well, Glamorgan played well and Adams, Wood and Briggs all struggled. I'm not really upset about England not releasing Carberry. Especially considering we've been pretty lucky with England not selecting our players who clearly deserved a go, such as Adams (2009-2011 he was the best white-ball opnener in the country), Mascarenhas, Carberry before the end of last summer, and Briggs got dropped without playing many matches.

    I think England shouldn't play matches near the semis, but I don't really want to see somebody who hasn't played much, if at all for their county, play just the final. (continued)

  • stormy16 on June 2, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Eng should start to look at Butler as a pure batsman in all forms of cricket rather than the "test wicket keeper". He has some rare talent with the bat which is being wasted in limited over cricket ONLY because he is not the test keeper. Their opponents SL constantly play more than one wicket keeper in all forms - SL could have 4 keepers in the playing eleven for the first test! Butler shouldnt be categorized as wicket keeper batsman if his keeping is not good, give him a chance at what he is good at, as opposed to try to make him better at somethng he may not be good at.

  • bobmartin on June 2, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    England are currently third in the ICC test table below Oz and Sth Africa... Now the only way we're going to get back above those teams is by being better than them... With the tried and tested crew of Cook - Prior - Bell - Root - Morgan - Bresnan - Anderson - Broad .. that just isn't going to happen 1) because those players as a bunch are proven to simply be not good enough and 2) because some of them are getting close to their sell-by dates.. If the ECB haven't learned from the lesson of what happened to Australia when they hung on to players too long and then suffered when a whole clutch of them retired at once, then they ought not to be in the job. Therefore, we need to be blooding new players now..We need a scout with the same nous as Duncan Fletcher who could suss out test talent irrespective of county form.. and we need him now.. If we plod on as we are doing. then we're destined to be mediocre for a long long time to come...

  • grant1976 on June 3, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    @luke Hansford, onions too has been injured given you point on Stokes surely this applies to Onions too? My issue with Tredwell is 17 wickets at 56 in 2013 and so far this year 6 wickets at 45 in the CC. That's just not good enough for selection. There is a youngster at Kent Riley who looks good and has taken 17 wickets so far this term. My gut feel is they will for for Panasar as a specialist spinner or leave the spinning to Root and Ali or Patel.

  • Yevghenny on June 3, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    I think Buttler is good enough as a batsman to be in the ODI side, but that's a bit too adventurous for the England selectors

  • JG2704 on June 3, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @Cod+Chips - I told you that we weren't being granted any favours by Overton playing that game and it wouldn't surprise me if England asked Somerset to select him. I'm not from Somerset BTW - from Plymouth - but from Somerset's POV there seems to be a healthy competition for bowling/all rounder places from Meschede and the 3 Devonians. Interestingly Craig was the one who played for the U19s but Jamie was the one who came on strong last season. Craig maybe the preferred choice right now. It'll be interesting to see if either/both make it and if there's a chance they could both play in the same Eng side down the line? There have been no twins play for Eng in my lifetime and I'm not sure brothers have played in the same Eng side - maybe the Hollioakes did?

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @JG2704 So you're a Read fan? I prefer Foster, and although I'd ignore his batting, he batted abysmally at Hants the other night, and offered our fielders so many chances. My initial choice was Davies as he could both keep and bat, but for some strange reason he thinks it's beneficial to give up the gloves!?!

    Re Overton if I remember rightly he went at nearly 10 an over in that game so wasn't much help. I looked at his stats and his brother Craig has much better ones. What's the feeling down at Somerset? And who in your eyes if you've seen them play looks more convincing?

  • bobmartin on June 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    If England are going the Aussie route of selecting a specialist wicketkeeper rather than a batsman who can keep wicket... then really there is no choice...Prior should be out and one of Foster, who is probably the best pure keeper in the world today...or Read..who runs him a pretty close second should be in... but maybe either of those two might be seen as a step backwards rather than looking into the future.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    @CodandChips - how the times have changed. Buttler/ Pollard totally saved our skin vs Notts in a T20QF a few years ago.We have all rounders who can hit a ball like Mechede/Gregory but the latter seems to get injured as soon as he hits form. Eng should not play any white ball cricket near semi finals of trophies and that SF last year also hurt us as Notts had Broad and Swann released - after being RESTED??? for the England SF series. Re Overton - his white ball stats aren't good and I even wonder if Eng actually told Somerset to play him. It was certainly nothing to be thankful for that he was released to play a format where he struggles. Can't comment too much on the Hants players who were omitted although DM said a few home truths which didn't sit well with the selectors. Re Buttler as a test WK - I'd say no but I'm not hugely convinced by anyone.Read has had a few useful knocks this season so I wonder if they'd go against the grain re choosing/recalling an older player

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    @JG2704 (continued) Perhaps there should be a rule whereby you cannot feature in the semis/final unless you've played a certain amount of games for the county (either accross the whole season or in that competition), with exceptions made for teams who have suffered injuries. But it'd create a grey area.

    Saw the Viv impression. The background lafter says it all. I doubt Carberry will be in the England set-up much longer.

    Re Buttler his departure seems to have left Somerset's white ball batting lacking a finish. I remember at finals day at the Ageas Bowl in 2010 when Pollard and Buttler smashed it everywhere. Now you have to make do with Nick Compton as your finisher (I think he batted 6 during a match).

    What's your opinion as Buttler as a test prospect? And who would you chose as a keeper in this test series?

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    @JG2704 yeah we lost Carberry for the semi-final in which we lost to Glamorgan. Unfortunately we had to make do with Michael Roberts. But I doubt Carberry would have done much better against the Mascarenhas-like spell with the new ball. The thing that annoyed me was that you guys still had Overton released, and Notts got Swann and Broad for the final. Oh well, Glamorgan played well and Adams, Wood and Briggs all struggled. I'm not really upset about England not releasing Carberry. Especially considering we've been pretty lucky with England not selecting our players who clearly deserved a go, such as Adams (2009-2011 he was the best white-ball opnener in the country), Mascarenhas, Carberry before the end of last summer, and Briggs got dropped without playing many matches.

    I think England shouldn't play matches near the semis, but I don't really want to see somebody who hasn't played much, if at all for their county, play just the final. (continued)

  • stormy16 on June 2, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Eng should start to look at Butler as a pure batsman in all forms of cricket rather than the "test wicket keeper". He has some rare talent with the bat which is being wasted in limited over cricket ONLY because he is not the test keeper. Their opponents SL constantly play more than one wicket keeper in all forms - SL could have 4 keepers in the playing eleven for the first test! Butler shouldnt be categorized as wicket keeper batsman if his keeping is not good, give him a chance at what he is good at, as opposed to try to make him better at somethng he may not be good at.

  • bobmartin on June 2, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    England are currently third in the ICC test table below Oz and Sth Africa... Now the only way we're going to get back above those teams is by being better than them... With the tried and tested crew of Cook - Prior - Bell - Root - Morgan - Bresnan - Anderson - Broad .. that just isn't going to happen 1) because those players as a bunch are proven to simply be not good enough and 2) because some of them are getting close to their sell-by dates.. If the ECB haven't learned from the lesson of what happened to Australia when they hung on to players too long and then suffered when a whole clutch of them retired at once, then they ought not to be in the job. Therefore, we need to be blooding new players now..We need a scout with the same nous as Duncan Fletcher who could suss out test talent irrespective of county form.. and we need him now.. If we plod on as we are doing. then we're destined to be mediocre for a long long time to come...

  • on June 2, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @grant1976 Stokes has been injured and isn't in brilliant form. Give him so down time with Durham before bringing him back. As for Vince, he is an excellent batsman and is very very consistent. His average I believe is about 40 but this doesn't show his consistency, always scoring and at a decent rate. Patel deserves his chance as he is in the form of his life, top of LVCC run scorers and can bowl well on his day. Tredwell is the only spinner at the moment to show signs of having the bottle at the top level, I wouldn't back Borthwick for example to do his job as a dot ball bowler or wicket taker.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @Cod&Chips ctd - Also I think ECB should make sure they don't have an England SF series clashing with the knockout stages of any domestic SF competition. Did the same thing not happen with Carberry last year or is my memory playing tricks?

    Re Carberry - Google up Michael Carberry Viv Richards and you'll be able to access footage of his impression

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @Cod&Chips - It was obviously a decision made with the eye on the future and IMO the correct one. I think it's almost hard to be both a county and an England player so I'm usually quite happy when Somerset players don't get called up. The other part of their decision making would IMO have been that

    1 - Kieswetter was Somerset keeper before Jos made his debut so unless they deemed him not good enough

    2 - Jos was originally an outfielder/reserve WK for Somerset and there were no murmurs of discontent and then (after he was put in as gloveman for Eng where he was initially chosen as an outfielder batsman) he seemed to reach an agreement with Somerset re keeping wicket and then that changed and I guess Somerset may have seen further probs with Fairbrother pulling the strings.

    I'm still a massive fan of Buttler's but England would have held all the aces. I will always feel some bitterness towards England for not allowing Jos to play for Somerset in last season's YB semi.

  • IMCG67 on June 2, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Jos is a model professional and he has demonstrated this on many occasions not least when he was interviewed about the keeper position at Somerset where he quietly got on with the job given to him by his county even though at the time that may have got in the way of his own ambition, but when the time was right he took the best option for him. He is now probably itching to prove he can do the job at test level and again playing the model professional role he is saying "He is not ready yet" to ensure he does not rock the boat with the England selection panel. The record books are littered with players who were deemed "ready" but failed to make their mark at International level, equally there have been successes when their first class record indicated it was a gamble - in both instances the only way you find out these things is to give them a go without destroying their confidence. Foster is a fine keeper but to me this is going backwards so for 2 games why not give Jos the gloves ?

  • dunger.bob on June 2, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Butler interviews well and seems a nice bloke. At 23 he's got the world at his feet and good luck to him. .. I was just wondering if anyone thought his batting might be strong enough to fit into the top six? Opener even? .. I am reminded of Gilchrist just a tad.

  • on June 2, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Very honest of Butler to admit to not being ready for Test cricket as a keeper. He's correct of course as he is error prone but he should now develop his game in the next few seasons and progress. Much like Chris Jordan it's now up to him....

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Foster, Read, Buttler, Bairstow, Davies, Kieswetter, Bates. Many different opinions. Cricinfo has to do a user pole. Please

  • CodandChips on June 2, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    He's not ready as a keeper or a batsmen YET in my opinion to get a test place YET. As he says he is still 23 so has a lot of time. He would best spend the next couple of months at Lancashire where he can work on his game.

    @JG2704 I think when Somerset continued to pick Kieswetter as a keeper over Buttler, they did so with an eye to the future. I think they knew that their time with Buttler would be limited, so they should try and keep Kieswetter's loyalty.

  • grant1976 on June 2, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @Luke Hansford: no Stokes in your team? Surely after the debacle in Australia he should get a spot as the only plater to come out with credit? Also Tredwell can't get in the Kent 4 day team... how is he a consistent performer? Agree Vince should be looked at, but I suspect he will score too quickly and be to aggressive for Cook. Expect Cook to rule him out in the press too!

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Ctd - I still think Jos's whole WK decision is based on something some people in the England set up have said in his ear. We had no hints of discontent from him re his role at Somerset until he displaced Craig for England. And at that time he was in the team anyway as a specialist batsman. I genuinely think Jos will have no better chance of getting into the England side as a WK than he would as an outfielder. It's our loss and Eng/Lancs gain.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I see we have some opening up the Jos vs Craig debate.

    There is no easy answer as to whether Somerset did the right thing or not.

    Personally I think they did.

    Jos may well become a better WK in time but there's no guarantee he will become a top class keeper. Craig has kept wicket throughout his career and still has his mare games so while practice will always improve a player it can only make a player as good as his talent allows. Craig seems to be well out of England's plans so what Somerset have is (at the moment) a player with a better 1st class average available for the whole season. Re SFs Jos is exceptional and losing him leaves a huge void but then again how much SF would he be able to play and if he goes on to play test cricket it would be even less? We have all seen how understanding (NOT) England were last year when they refused to release Jos for the YB40 semi.

  • siltbreeze on June 2, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Jos Buttler just continues to impress me - he seems humble, mature, self-aware and unusually articulate for a sportsman. I've been saying for the last couple of years that he's the most talented young player in the country, bar none. We need to see him in the Test team sooner rather than later, whether as keeper or specialist batsman, not least because, as a Somerset fan, I'll then be able to say 'ah well, we wouldn't have seen much of him anyway'.

  • on June 2, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Test team should be different to what it is... For me you need a bowling attack who consistently take wickets not take 7 wickets in an innings once a series and nothing else. And the bloody batting, the reason the Aussies are dominating is because they are aggressive with bat and ball. Scoring at 2.50 an over loses test matches. Scoring at 4.00 an over wins them. Teams need aggressive players like Buttler to put opposition bowlers under pressure. England Team for me would look like: Cook Robson Bell Root Patel Vince Prior/Buttler Plunkett Jordan Anderson Tredwell/Onions (This is the most important bowler of them all, this bowler needs to either build pressure by bowling dots or take wickets every 5 overs or so... These two are consistent performers - don't set the world alight but solid 4th bowler options)

  • on June 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    It annoys me people say 'He has only played one good innings'. He has played loads of good innings but sometimes 100 wasn't needed off 60 but 30 off 15 which he does regularly and doesn't get much recognition. Batting at 5/6/7 in ODI's he is rarely going to score 100+ because he won't generally have enough time. Prior was never ready for test cricket when he came, his keeping wasn't good enough and he was still inconsistent with the bat. After he played a few series of test cricket it was clear he was the man for the job but before no one else thought he should be and has often, when in form, been called the best keeper batsmen in test cricket. World class players dont come around often and it is too early to say Buttler is world class but he has a hell of a lot of potential. If Prior is unfit, what harm will it do to give the gloves to Buttler who can only get better with time?

  • on June 2, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    James Taylor. I think deserves a spot in the team. The youth mixed with the aging might be a key for England to revive itself before any further damage.

  • civaji on June 2, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Part 1 : they blow up new icons when only he has played a decent series and compare to all time greats and say he is the next KP no he is not . let him be ehat he is .... a new kid who has potential , which he will loose stream if the y hype him to be some demi god (sachin) you can't hype anyone to be demi god . People love KP not because ECB best hyping programme . he is best because he is a rare cricketing talent . FULL STOP . they did this with bell no result they did with cook for ODI 's they did it with Flintoff for Odi's he left game due to injury ... they did to KEiswetter he is gone they did it to Morgan then he is a normal player now . don't try to create heroes ... hero will evolve if you allow characters to express . if you want a regiment of team who listens to the white fat cat telling them how he wants the ECB players to play or this imaginary english brand of cricket which we have not seen for quite a few decades to put it mildly .... allow players to express themselves

  • on June 2, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    The best way to become a good test player is to play test cricket. It is never too early for naturals like Hales and Butler to start playing test cricket.

  • on June 2, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    JOS played an innings of his life. Even Kumar would not be upset to see JOS receive MOM. Jos deserves the recognition. Hope England management and administrators do not destroy this young player as they seem to have done with so many young players in the past. Grahaem Hick, Compton, Hales, Root, Finn to name a few. We are good buying in talent and then better destroying them for good.

  • sujeemuller on June 2, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan and as a cricket lover. . For 2015 world cup Alex Hels will be the one of key player for England. Shame that they don't use him to give more confident and experience. . Same thing for Sri Lanka. . We need kusal as a opener. . Even in a test series if Sri Lanka need to give a good fight to England we have to be more aggressive than defence. . Kithruwan can be handy for 2015 too..Butler and specially Miller great players for test matches too

  • lancia71 on June 2, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Cook may not be the best of captains around but when he says Butler is not ready, people should respect his view. So many of my fellow sri lankans were not happy that Kumar didn't get the M.O.M but if you look at that innings as a true cricket lover, I think Jos, played much better than Kumar on that day. Jos seems to be a true gentleman and a well-grounded person. All the best young man! A fan from sri lanka

  • landl47 on June 2, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Not too many keepers are ready for test cricket at 23 and certainly not those who haven't done the job full-time for most of their career. England picked several keepers before they were ready and it didn't work out.

    I'd go with Foster who is a great keeper, an adequate batsman and sound tactician. Give Buttler a couple more years and he'll be ready for a long England career.

  • pandian_ikku on June 2, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    For next game sri lanka should go with,

    Kusal, Dilshan, Saga, Kithuruwan, Thirimanne, Mathews, Thisara, Kule, Sachithra, Mendis, Malinga

  • on June 1, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    As a somerset fan I wish we'd have given Jos the chance with the gloves because I honestly believe he is better than Kieswetter & given a chance would prove this but Nosworthy went for Kies & this is part of the reason I think Nosworthy will be as bad as Kevin Shine & Langer or Cox were the only 2 people we should have considered worthy of replacing Brian Rose

  • on June 1, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @bobmartin: Is that an atrocious paraphrasing of Albert Einstein? :p

    I was very sad to see Jos leaving Somerset of course, but I guess considering that he will be playing a lot for England, Kieswetter is the sensible option to keep, for more sustainable success. I still have a big soft spot for the guy, he is exactly the type of cricketer we want to see playing for England. Get a westcountry biffer in! In seriousness though, he is better than that and although I have my reservations about his FC ability, I can't think of anyone better in county cricket, save for Foster and Read, both aging.

    But no doubt we will be treated to yet another inept display from Bairstow in the tests, oh joy.

    Alastair Cook and co. have single handedly all but killed my interest in England playing test cricket. Thank god for the county season.

  • sdgdjhsfsd on June 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    he has only played one good innings too early to be put into test team

  • bobmartin on June 1, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    England persevered with Prior for ages even when he was a diabolical keeper... simply because he scored runs when the batsmen didn't... He learned the trade and soon became one of the "undroppables".. so much so, that despite a horrendous series in Oz... for which he was dropped.... his place is, according to Cook, being held open for him to prove his fitness despite what he may or may not do in the short time he has before the first test. So that proves, as if we didn't know that already, that you are either one of the "in crowd" or you're not... As long as that view pertains... England wiil never be anything other than an average team... Sure they will have their ups .. as they had prior to the disastrous tour down under.. but then whenthe golden boys fail... as they did down under,,, suddenly we are left with some large holes to fill. There's an old saying.."Only an idiot keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result" England selectors please note...

  • Ganda-Phillander on June 1, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Drop Cook and play Alex Hales.

  • on June 1, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Agree. You need a specialist w/keeper in test matches.

  • richardror on June 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Buttler isn't ready for tests, he isn't good enough with the gloves yet, he makes regular errors. Before this Summer, I would have said he isn't good enough with the bat too, but he's done very well in ODIs and First Class this Summer so far. So a little work on his glovework and he'll be ready very soon.

  • on June 1, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @grant1976 If that was true Cook would be the only one in the team he's a boring batsman and he can only play tests he's that slow.

  • Ishfaq333 on June 1, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I think tidiness with the gloves is more important thank batting ability for a "Test" keeper. Yes a better batter can get you the extra 30-40 runs. But a wicket can be worth much much more. You want your keepers to be as close to perfect as you can.

  • grant1976 on June 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    My feeling here and given what Cook has recently said about Buttler, is that Cook doesn't seem to want players that are more exciting and dynamic than him. Perhaps it's actually Cook that has the ego problem and not KP??

  • Roshan_P on June 1, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    It has been said that Buttler has the best forst-class average for his team this season, so he must be improving. Maybe he is not ready for Test matches yet but he should be given a chance soon. As for Hales not playing in the ODI squad, that is just mental! Him and Bell would be great opening.

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  • Roshan_P on June 1, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    It has been said that Buttler has the best forst-class average for his team this season, so he must be improving. Maybe he is not ready for Test matches yet but he should be given a chance soon. As for Hales not playing in the ODI squad, that is just mental! Him and Bell would be great opening.

  • grant1976 on June 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    My feeling here and given what Cook has recently said about Buttler, is that Cook doesn't seem to want players that are more exciting and dynamic than him. Perhaps it's actually Cook that has the ego problem and not KP??

  • Ishfaq333 on June 1, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I think tidiness with the gloves is more important thank batting ability for a "Test" keeper. Yes a better batter can get you the extra 30-40 runs. But a wicket can be worth much much more. You want your keepers to be as close to perfect as you can.

  • on June 1, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @grant1976 If that was true Cook would be the only one in the team he's a boring batsman and he can only play tests he's that slow.

  • richardror on June 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Buttler isn't ready for tests, he isn't good enough with the gloves yet, he makes regular errors. Before this Summer, I would have said he isn't good enough with the bat too, but he's done very well in ODIs and First Class this Summer so far. So a little work on his glovework and he'll be ready very soon.

  • on June 1, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Agree. You need a specialist w/keeper in test matches.

  • Ganda-Phillander on June 1, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Drop Cook and play Alex Hales.

  • bobmartin on June 1, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    England persevered with Prior for ages even when he was a diabolical keeper... simply because he scored runs when the batsmen didn't... He learned the trade and soon became one of the "undroppables".. so much so, that despite a horrendous series in Oz... for which he was dropped.... his place is, according to Cook, being held open for him to prove his fitness despite what he may or may not do in the short time he has before the first test. So that proves, as if we didn't know that already, that you are either one of the "in crowd" or you're not... As long as that view pertains... England wiil never be anything other than an average team... Sure they will have their ups .. as they had prior to the disastrous tour down under.. but then whenthe golden boys fail... as they did down under,,, suddenly we are left with some large holes to fill. There's an old saying.."Only an idiot keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result" England selectors please note...

  • sdgdjhsfsd on June 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    he has only played one good innings too early to be put into test team

  • on June 1, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @bobmartin: Is that an atrocious paraphrasing of Albert Einstein? :p

    I was very sad to see Jos leaving Somerset of course, but I guess considering that he will be playing a lot for England, Kieswetter is the sensible option to keep, for more sustainable success. I still have a big soft spot for the guy, he is exactly the type of cricketer we want to see playing for England. Get a westcountry biffer in! In seriousness though, he is better than that and although I have my reservations about his FC ability, I can't think of anyone better in county cricket, save for Foster and Read, both aging.

    But no doubt we will be treated to yet another inept display from Bairstow in the tests, oh joy.

    Alastair Cook and co. have single handedly all but killed my interest in England playing test cricket. Thank god for the county season.