County news September 30, 2013

Lancashire confirm Buttler signing

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Lancashire have signed England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. The move had been widely expected after Buttler announced his decision to leave Somerset to pursue more opportunities as a keeper last week.

Although he has established himself for England in ODI and T20 cricket, his progress with the gloves had been hindered by the presence of his international predecessor, Craig Kieswetter, at Somerset. The club were unwilling to guarantee Buttler the role of first-choice wicketkeeper in all formats and he was faced with a choice of playing as a specialist batsman or moving away from the county where he came through the ranks.

The move will also give Buttler the chance to work with former England coach, Peter Moores, who was responsible for guiding Matt Prior, England's Test wicketkeeper, in the early stages of his career at Sussex.

Buttler said he was keen to develop his skills as a wicketkeeper batsman at Lancashire, who released Gareth Cross last week. "They have a strong squad and are very ambitious to build on this season's achievement," Buttler said. "The club has an exceptional coaching staff which will help me to continue to develop as a keeper-batsman."

Buttler came up through the Somerset academy system and made his first-class debut in 2009 against Lancashire. In 80 List A games, he has scored 2296 runs at an average of 51.02 and taken 74 catches. In first-class cricket, he has 2031 runs at 31.73 and has taken 82 catches.

He made his ODI debut in February 2012 and has since played 19 games, scoring 298 runs and taking 30 catches and one stumping. He scored two eye-catching half-centuries in the recently completed one-day series against Australia, confirming his potential as an international batsman. In 25 T20 internationals, Buttler has scored 286 runs, since making his debut in August 2011.

"It is great news Jos will be joining us and he will become part of a highly competitive squad," Moores said. "His style of cricket will add value to the team in all formats of the game and his potential as a player is very exciting."

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  • CricketCoachDB on October 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    @ Graham Turner, Somerset DID NOT "beat Warwickshire but were denied by a bad decision": there were about 6 shocking decisions that went AGAINST Warwickshire in that game, as well as a couple that went against Somerset. In no way did Somerset have the worst of those umpiring errors: they came out in significant credit from them if anything.

  • JG2704 on October 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    @ChewtonMendip on (October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT) I think Somerset had to weigh many things into the equation. As already pointed out is the availability aspect with Craig seemingly long term out of favour with England and the murmurs of Jos being groomed to take over at test level. And I don't think Eng are particularly considerate of the county's / county fans best interests as shown when Jos wasn't available for the YB semi. No one could have foreseen this situation before Jos kept for England otherwise Somerset could have tried to extend his contract before this year. Although maybe Somerset could have tried to extend his contract before then anyway. Maybe they did or maybe they just presumed that Jos would be another Tres and never leave his beloved club? Personally , I think Jos's head was turned and even if he was given the gloves full time there'd have been further issues down the line. Sad period for Somerset. Almost reminds me of when they lost Botham,Viv and Joel

  • Munkeymomo on October 1, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @JG: Will Smith was released but I think Hants signed him up (as well as Matt Coles, good for them). Coughtrie and Muchall were released from Glos but not the caliber we need to look at (and I don't want any more Glos players!). Davey and London were released from Middlesex, don't know much about London, Davey wouldn't be much better than Barrow/Jones I doubt. de Bruyn has been released from Surrey, from a playing PoV, he'd still be valuable, not sure how popular a signing that would be though! Nobody else of note really, but I do think Moore would be a tidy signing.

  • ChewtonMendip on October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Hearing that Jos Buttler, the boy from Wedmore, a Somerset lad through and through, is leaving Somerset CCC is one of worst bits of news I have ever heard as a Somerset fan. We have produced one of the most exciting young talents in world cricket and have forced him out of the club. He is a potentially both a better w/k and a better batsman than Kiesy and yet we have opted to stick with the inferior player. Unable to take a decision that would have made Kiesy feel understandably very disappointed, we have instead forced out the local hero, who loved playing for Somerset and was loved by the local supporters. I am incredulous that we could produce such a talented player and then cause him to have to further develop his talents elsewhere. It's almost incomprehensible. Kiesy would have hated no longer being considered no. 1 and it was a tough decision to make but it should have been made. This is a truly sad episode in the history of Somerset CCC. Wish Jos al the very best though.

  • Yevghenny on October 1, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    As a Lancashire fan, I hope that Buttler does adapt to playing at Old Trafford === he didn't do too bad last time he played at old trafford. Makes you wonder how somerset made all these finals, every time they venture out of Taunton and these strange wickets they have to play on - "This isn't a perfect batting surface! What do we do???"

  • ChristopherG on October 1, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Sadly, fishface1971, the 'three men and a dog' you consider Buttler will be playing against at Old Trafford will not be there - the dog would not be allowed in and the three men would be interrogated by the security guards on the gate about smuggling in dangerous metal cans of dog food and tin openers which could be used as lethal weapons.

    From Buttler's point of view, he's a young man just wanting to play cricket at the highest level. Whether the ECB has told him that he must be playing regular county cricket to progress his England aspirations, I don't know.

    As a Lancashire fan, I hope that Buttler does adapt to playing at Old Trafford - it will feel considerably different to playing at the welcoming and friendly Taunton ground. The whole shenanigans around the departure of Cross and the arrival of Buttler doesn't sit right with me at all but we are where we are and now we just have to get on with it.

  • JG2704 on October 1, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ landl47 - Time will tell as to whether it's a good decision or not. There's still a gamble element to the move.

    If he goes on and improves his all round game then the move is an all round success. He'll obviously improve his WKing but his batting could even go downhill in unfamiliar surroundings. suppose there's the Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained way of looking at it but if Jos is not keeping for England in a few years time I dont see how the move will have progressed his game - unless of course he wants to keep for reasons other than getting into the Eng team. It'll also be interested to see how Eng treat Jos.You'd think they'd have to give more leeway than they did to his ex teammates if/when he goes through a lean period but I'll be interested to see how much they'll bear it in mind that they've basically instigated a move of a homegrown player.There could be a scenario where his performances are worthy of being dropped but Eng feel morally bound to stick by him

  • landl47 on October 1, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    What Buttler needs is, first, to work on his FC batting. Even if he's a great keeper a batting average of 31 isn't going to get him into the England test side. He has the ability, as he showed in the ODIs, but now he needs the discipline. I think he's more likely to get that at Lancs than Somerset. Second, he needs to keep all the time. Part-time W/Ks don't make the test side. Since Somerset wouldn't agree to that, he really had no choice but to move.

    @JG2704: I have every sympathy with Somerset, who were between a rock and a hard place. However, to suggest that Buttler should have settled for a watered-down role at Somerset instead of going for the best possible chance to get to the test side isn't reasonable. With players like Cook (still only 28), Root, Ballance, Vince, Taylor, Lees as batsmen and Bairstow and Foakes as W/Ks, not to mention Stokes and Woakes as all-rounders, Buttler is going to need to grasp every advantage he can to make the test side.

  • on September 30, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Hopefully the move will be good for Buttler - more keeping experience as 1st choice in all formats and a more challenging pitch to bat on. To become England's second choice test keeper he needs to improve his 1st class batting as well as his keeping.

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @MM ctd - Who else is out of contract? Ravi would be good shout. Also I see Shah has retired from 1st class cricket but I think he's not retired from shorter formats. I wonder if he'll still play for Essex? And I wonder if he could be signed for shorter formats as a non overseas player?

  • CricketCoachDB on October 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    @ Graham Turner, Somerset DID NOT "beat Warwickshire but were denied by a bad decision": there were about 6 shocking decisions that went AGAINST Warwickshire in that game, as well as a couple that went against Somerset. In no way did Somerset have the worst of those umpiring errors: they came out in significant credit from them if anything.

  • JG2704 on October 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    @ChewtonMendip on (October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT) I think Somerset had to weigh many things into the equation. As already pointed out is the availability aspect with Craig seemingly long term out of favour with England and the murmurs of Jos being groomed to take over at test level. And I don't think Eng are particularly considerate of the county's / county fans best interests as shown when Jos wasn't available for the YB semi. No one could have foreseen this situation before Jos kept for England otherwise Somerset could have tried to extend his contract before this year. Although maybe Somerset could have tried to extend his contract before then anyway. Maybe they did or maybe they just presumed that Jos would be another Tres and never leave his beloved club? Personally , I think Jos's head was turned and even if he was given the gloves full time there'd have been further issues down the line. Sad period for Somerset. Almost reminds me of when they lost Botham,Viv and Joel

  • Munkeymomo on October 1, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @JG: Will Smith was released but I think Hants signed him up (as well as Matt Coles, good for them). Coughtrie and Muchall were released from Glos but not the caliber we need to look at (and I don't want any more Glos players!). Davey and London were released from Middlesex, don't know much about London, Davey wouldn't be much better than Barrow/Jones I doubt. de Bruyn has been released from Surrey, from a playing PoV, he'd still be valuable, not sure how popular a signing that would be though! Nobody else of note really, but I do think Moore would be a tidy signing.

  • ChewtonMendip on October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Hearing that Jos Buttler, the boy from Wedmore, a Somerset lad through and through, is leaving Somerset CCC is one of worst bits of news I have ever heard as a Somerset fan. We have produced one of the most exciting young talents in world cricket and have forced him out of the club. He is a potentially both a better w/k and a better batsman than Kiesy and yet we have opted to stick with the inferior player. Unable to take a decision that would have made Kiesy feel understandably very disappointed, we have instead forced out the local hero, who loved playing for Somerset and was loved by the local supporters. I am incredulous that we could produce such a talented player and then cause him to have to further develop his talents elsewhere. It's almost incomprehensible. Kiesy would have hated no longer being considered no. 1 and it was a tough decision to make but it should have been made. This is a truly sad episode in the history of Somerset CCC. Wish Jos al the very best though.

  • Yevghenny on October 1, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    As a Lancashire fan, I hope that Buttler does adapt to playing at Old Trafford === he didn't do too bad last time he played at old trafford. Makes you wonder how somerset made all these finals, every time they venture out of Taunton and these strange wickets they have to play on - "This isn't a perfect batting surface! What do we do???"

  • ChristopherG on October 1, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Sadly, fishface1971, the 'three men and a dog' you consider Buttler will be playing against at Old Trafford will not be there - the dog would not be allowed in and the three men would be interrogated by the security guards on the gate about smuggling in dangerous metal cans of dog food and tin openers which could be used as lethal weapons.

    From Buttler's point of view, he's a young man just wanting to play cricket at the highest level. Whether the ECB has told him that he must be playing regular county cricket to progress his England aspirations, I don't know.

    As a Lancashire fan, I hope that Buttler does adapt to playing at Old Trafford - it will feel considerably different to playing at the welcoming and friendly Taunton ground. The whole shenanigans around the departure of Cross and the arrival of Buttler doesn't sit right with me at all but we are where we are and now we just have to get on with it.

  • JG2704 on October 1, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ landl47 - Time will tell as to whether it's a good decision or not. There's still a gamble element to the move.

    If he goes on and improves his all round game then the move is an all round success. He'll obviously improve his WKing but his batting could even go downhill in unfamiliar surroundings. suppose there's the Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained way of looking at it but if Jos is not keeping for England in a few years time I dont see how the move will have progressed his game - unless of course he wants to keep for reasons other than getting into the Eng team. It'll also be interested to see how Eng treat Jos.You'd think they'd have to give more leeway than they did to his ex teammates if/when he goes through a lean period but I'll be interested to see how much they'll bear it in mind that they've basically instigated a move of a homegrown player.There could be a scenario where his performances are worthy of being dropped but Eng feel morally bound to stick by him

  • landl47 on October 1, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    What Buttler needs is, first, to work on his FC batting. Even if he's a great keeper a batting average of 31 isn't going to get him into the England test side. He has the ability, as he showed in the ODIs, but now he needs the discipline. I think he's more likely to get that at Lancs than Somerset. Second, he needs to keep all the time. Part-time W/Ks don't make the test side. Since Somerset wouldn't agree to that, he really had no choice but to move.

    @JG2704: I have every sympathy with Somerset, who were between a rock and a hard place. However, to suggest that Buttler should have settled for a watered-down role at Somerset instead of going for the best possible chance to get to the test side isn't reasonable. With players like Cook (still only 28), Root, Ballance, Vince, Taylor, Lees as batsmen and Bairstow and Foakes as W/Ks, not to mention Stokes and Woakes as all-rounders, Buttler is going to need to grasp every advantage he can to make the test side.

  • on September 30, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Hopefully the move will be good for Buttler - more keeping experience as 1st choice in all formats and a more challenging pitch to bat on. To become England's second choice test keeper he needs to improve his 1st class batting as well as his keeping.

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @MM ctd - Who else is out of contract? Ravi would be good shout. Also I see Shah has retired from 1st class cricket but I think he's not retired from shorter formats. I wonder if he'll still play for Essex? And I wonder if he could be signed for shorter formats as a non overseas player?

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Munkeymomo - I said back along about Tres's captaincy , that maybe this Jos/Craig situation has affected him? While it is certainly not a satisfying outcome I suppose at least it's over - if this has affected his form. It surely can't not have affected him in some way? Interesting you say about Moore. I must admit I'm out of touch with who's out of contract etc and also re CC div2 form , but I've always been impressed with him in shorter formats and let's be honest we'll miss Jos in SFs more than in the CC game. I suggested on the article re Tres a few weeks back about Tres dropping down the order (esp in SFs). I wonder (getting ahead of myself here) if we signed Moore whether Tres may be good dropping down the order in SFs to 5/6? CK is a specialist opener in SFs and Trego is far more effective up the order. Vs Notts , I really felt Trego was caught between 2 plans knowing that we had no dynamo at 5/6. Tres at 5/6 would also give the SF side possible better balance?

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @fishface1971

    You've given me even more food for thought re the Craig situation in particular.

    So a year left on his contract and then you reckon he's off to the big smoke?

    That'd be a huge blow to lose Craig and I'd also see it as a kick in the teeth to the club if they've stuck by Craig over this situation. I wonder if Somerset have a verbal agreement that Craig'lll renew/extend his contract? Otherwise I wonder if Somerset may have been better off backing Jos over Craig - which is something I hadn't really considered as I always considered Craig long term. I certainly feel Jos has been guided away from Somerset and maybe things will progress for him as a WK but the thinking in some quarters seems to be that Jos just needs to keep regularly and he'll take over from Prior. Right now I'd say the other JB is more likely anyway and like you said if he falls out of favour etc with Eng... Is WKing that important or does he see it as his best hope of playing for Eng?

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @Greg Warrickon (September 30, 2013, 11:05 GMT) Somerset released Jos ? No. Jos left Somerset and D Train hit the nail on the head as to why Somerset felt they couldn't give Jos what he wanted without losing Craig

    @LancsTwins on (September 30, 2013, 11:27 GMT) I'd be very disappointed/surprised to feel that Somerset hadn't tried everything to keep both players at the club

    @maximum6 on (September 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT) "Everyone wins out"? -

    Lancs win out for sure - they have a quality addition and a crowd magnet

    England win out as it means that if Jos improves in his 1st class batting they have good competition for the other JB for the future test WK spot

    Jos may win depending on how he settles at Lancs

    But exactly how do Somerset win in losing possibly their biggest talent/draw in decades?

  • fishface1971 on September 30, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Don't see this as a good move for anyone. Firstly Jos is a Somerset lad and Manchester certainly isn't Taunton. Do they even have Thatchers Gold up there? Secondly Kiesy only has 1 year left on his contract before he gets his move to London, so this time next year Somerset will be looking for a new keeper. Also maximum6 is correct about the England keepers job being a bit insecure. If Jos falls out of favour with the England coach(who is the one behind this move), he will be left playing at Lancs in front of 3 men and a dog under a grey sky remembering how great things were 'back home'. Good luck JB, but I think you've been very badly advised.

  • Munkeymomo on September 30, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    @Graham Turner: Trescothick to go? You must be joking mate. Give the captaincy to Kies/Hildy sure but drop Trescothick? No chance. Who would we replace him with? Jones? Give over.

    I think we need to sign 2 new batsmen, Bopara has been rumoured as one. Moore is out of contract at Lancs and could be a good addition. Add a fast bowler too, a proper good strike bowler, like Southee, or one of the Aussie guns.

    Will miss Jossy though, one of my favs.

  • njr1330 on September 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    As to Taunton being a batting paradise....when Buttler gets one up round his throat, out of the chilly mist at Aigburth one Tuesday morning, Taunton may seem a very enticing place!

  • 2.14istherunrate on September 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I rate Buttler very highly as a player and a person. I think Lancs have shopped well here and I hope we see Buttler play loads for England-not at Prior's expense though. But it must have been a tough decision. Kieswetter is a pretty good player too, which no-one mentions here. I think everyone will win out. But England ODI keeper is about as secure as being a wife of Henry VIII. So who will it be next summer? Foakes?

  • D-Train on September 30, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @ Greg Warwick - Perhaps the reason for keeping Kieswetter is that he will be available the whole season. Where as if they were only going to keep Buttler then half the season he would be unavailable due to international commitments. So what's better Kieswetter for all the season or half Buttler and half a not so good back up keeper?

  • LancsTwins on September 30, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    I'm intrigued by Somerset in this too. As everyone has said, great for Lancs, Buttler, England, but surely not for Somerset? Couldn't they have worked a bit harder -particularly as we are told that Kieswetter and Buttler are mates - to keep both of them there? After all, one or the other is going to be absent quite a bit of the time, so I'm surprised they didn't tell Buttler he could be their short form keeper, they'd still want Kieswetter in as specialist batter in these games, and England know what they think of him now, so it's not so critical they see more of his keeping. Of course, there may be very good reasons of which we are unaware as to why this has not happened, but it is intriguing nonetheless.

  • on September 30, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Another dud decision by the powers that be at Taunton. Time for Trescothick to go, Somerset were lucky to stay up this year, though in their defence they beat Warwickshire early on but were denied by an atrocious umpiring desicion, which may have set them back a bit. If they go down next year, Overton will leave for sure, and they wull struggle to get back up.

  • on September 30, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Sad that Somerset released Butler. A local lad who went to Kings College in Taunton and then through the Somerset Academy. I rate him higher than Kieswetter as both a keeper and a batsman so why did they not release him and keep the local talent. Somerset's loss and Lancashire's gain.

  • DaveMorton on September 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    A marriage made in heaven, I would say. Lancashire get a hugely talented player, one who looks as though he can really keep wicket, given the chance. Buttler gets Moores' coaching and the chance to keep regularly in LVCC. Meanwhile, in the wings at OT, is young Alex Davies, and he will be ready to take over if and when Buttler becomes the Test keeper.

    Quite what Somerset were playing at is anyone's guess.

  • DesPlatt on September 30, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Quite a few articles mention the attraction of the chance to work with former wicketkeeper Peter Moores whom Matt Prior started off under. Let's hope it does him more good than it did Prior whose keeping was pretty poor in the early until well after Moores left Sussex but came on in leaps afterwards. As a Lancashire fan, I wish Buttler the best of luck but am most unconvinced by Peter Moores. A host of talented cricketers have failed to come on under supposedly the best coach in county cricket. Moore, Saj, Shazad, Croft , Newby all stood still or went backwards. Next year is a big season for Peter Moores as well as for Jos Butker

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good signing for Lancs for sure. I still feel he could have played another season at Somerset , keeping in a few shorter format games and trying to improve his first class batting. Be interesting to see if Jos is in a better position (meaning keeping in tests) in a few years time. If not then will the move have been worth it?

  • on September 30, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Keeping to class bowlers such as Chapple, Hogg, Jarvis and Kerrigan will soon see Buttler as the England #2 keeper in Tests as well as undisputed #1 in List A & T20. His batting ought to come along nicely with Aigburth and Olt Trafford being two of the best wickets in the country, albeit of a totally different nature from each other. Good move for Buttler, for England and for Lancashire!

  • Yevghenny on September 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Be interesting to see how his batting develops playing at Old Trafford as his home ground rather than Taunton! ==== it'll be interesting to see whether people finally notice next season that Taunton isn't the "batting paradise gimme free runs" that everyone lazily thinks it is

  • MartinC on September 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Great signing for Lancs even if he misses a few games while playing for England and also a good move for Butler and England longer term I think. Be interesting to see how his batting develops playing at Old Trafford as his home ground rather than Taunton!

  • o-bomb on September 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    This has been on the cards for a while. Keeping regularly can only improve his game. Personally I found it odd that he didn't get more opportunity at Somerset. He's surely a better keeper than Kieswetter. Good luck to him.

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  • o-bomb on September 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    This has been on the cards for a while. Keeping regularly can only improve his game. Personally I found it odd that he didn't get more opportunity at Somerset. He's surely a better keeper than Kieswetter. Good luck to him.

  • MartinC on September 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Great signing for Lancs even if he misses a few games while playing for England and also a good move for Butler and England longer term I think. Be interesting to see how his batting develops playing at Old Trafford as his home ground rather than Taunton!

  • Yevghenny on September 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Be interesting to see how his batting develops playing at Old Trafford as his home ground rather than Taunton! ==== it'll be interesting to see whether people finally notice next season that Taunton isn't the "batting paradise gimme free runs" that everyone lazily thinks it is

  • on September 30, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Keeping to class bowlers such as Chapple, Hogg, Jarvis and Kerrigan will soon see Buttler as the England #2 keeper in Tests as well as undisputed #1 in List A & T20. His batting ought to come along nicely with Aigburth and Olt Trafford being two of the best wickets in the country, albeit of a totally different nature from each other. Good move for Buttler, for England and for Lancashire!

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good signing for Lancs for sure. I still feel he could have played another season at Somerset , keeping in a few shorter format games and trying to improve his first class batting. Be interesting to see if Jos is in a better position (meaning keeping in tests) in a few years time. If not then will the move have been worth it?

  • DesPlatt on September 30, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Quite a few articles mention the attraction of the chance to work with former wicketkeeper Peter Moores whom Matt Prior started off under. Let's hope it does him more good than it did Prior whose keeping was pretty poor in the early until well after Moores left Sussex but came on in leaps afterwards. As a Lancashire fan, I wish Buttler the best of luck but am most unconvinced by Peter Moores. A host of talented cricketers have failed to come on under supposedly the best coach in county cricket. Moore, Saj, Shazad, Croft , Newby all stood still or went backwards. Next year is a big season for Peter Moores as well as for Jos Butker

  • DaveMorton on September 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    A marriage made in heaven, I would say. Lancashire get a hugely talented player, one who looks as though he can really keep wicket, given the chance. Buttler gets Moores' coaching and the chance to keep regularly in LVCC. Meanwhile, in the wings at OT, is young Alex Davies, and he will be ready to take over if and when Buttler becomes the Test keeper.

    Quite what Somerset were playing at is anyone's guess.

  • on September 30, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Sad that Somerset released Butler. A local lad who went to Kings College in Taunton and then through the Somerset Academy. I rate him higher than Kieswetter as both a keeper and a batsman so why did they not release him and keep the local talent. Somerset's loss and Lancashire's gain.

  • on September 30, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Another dud decision by the powers that be at Taunton. Time for Trescothick to go, Somerset were lucky to stay up this year, though in their defence they beat Warwickshire early on but were denied by an atrocious umpiring desicion, which may have set them back a bit. If they go down next year, Overton will leave for sure, and they wull struggle to get back up.

  • LancsTwins on September 30, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    I'm intrigued by Somerset in this too. As everyone has said, great for Lancs, Buttler, England, but surely not for Somerset? Couldn't they have worked a bit harder -particularly as we are told that Kieswetter and Buttler are mates - to keep both of them there? After all, one or the other is going to be absent quite a bit of the time, so I'm surprised they didn't tell Buttler he could be their short form keeper, they'd still want Kieswetter in as specialist batter in these games, and England know what they think of him now, so it's not so critical they see more of his keeping. Of course, there may be very good reasons of which we are unaware as to why this has not happened, but it is intriguing nonetheless.