Buttler not ready to play Test cricket just yet, says Alastair Cook

"I don't think he's quite ready yet for that role"

“I don’t think he’s quite ready yet for that role”

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England captain Alastair Cook has announced that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is not ready to play Test cricket just yet, even after he scored his maiden century during the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

Buttler spared England further embarrassment against Sri Lanka as he hammered 121 runs off 74 balls, which included 11 boundaries and four sixes.

Buttler has yet to make his Test debut, but sinceĀ Matt Prior is struggling to recover from an Achilles injury, many pundits and former players have earmarked the 23-year-old as Prior’s successor.

However, Cook believes that Buttler still needs to work on preparing himself for the hardships of Test cricket.

“He’s certainly found his method in one-day cricket,” Cook said. “He knows what he’s doing. I think he’s yet to find that in four-day cricket.

“I think he’ll be honest with himself, he needs more time to do that. But a guy who is as talented as that, there’s no reason why he can’t.

“I think he will become a very good Test player at some stage for England. Talented people find ways to do that, but I don’t think he’s quite ready yet for that role.”

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