Jos Buttler, uncapped Dom Bess included in England’s Test squad for First Test against Pakistan

England have named their 12-member squad for the first test of the series against Pakistan to be played at Lords on 24th May. Ed Smith, who is England national selector, has made a couple of surprising selections for the game. Uncapped off-spinner Dom Bess has managed to earn his maiden call-up to the national side.

The side had a poor winter with defeats in Ashes in Australian and then New Zealand. James Vince has been dropped after repeated failures with the bat coming in at no.3 in the lineup.

The right-handed batsman smashed a double century against Somerset on Monday but he was not picked for the first game. Buttler, who is regarded as ODI and T20 specialist, has made his return to the side given his recent scintillating performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

The 27-year old has struggled in red-ball cricket and made his last appearance for England against India in December 2016. Jos Buttler has been named as a batsman in the squad despite previously serving England as full-time wicket-keeper in the format.

England first-choice keeper, Jonny Bairstow, has done exceedingly well in that role and has retained his place in the squad. He has been a prolific run-scorer for England in the format besides Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

Jos Buttler has been in mesmerizing form with the bat and smashed five half-centuries on the bounce. The only worry is that he hasn’t played any form of first-class cricket for past couple of years. Dom Bess has been preferred as left-arm spinner Jack Leach has suffered an injury.

England squad for the first Test: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dom Bess, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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