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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has revealed that “it is a dream come true” after he was included in the Test squad for the third Test against India in Southampton.
Buttler was called up after regular wicketkeeper Matt Prior announced that he would be taking a break from international cricket to have his Achilles surgically repaired.
If Buttler can perform like he does in limited overs matches, then England may have found themselves a brand new wicketkeeper-batsman.
“It is a dream come true,” he told the Lancashire County Cricket Club website. “I’m sure it won’t sink in until I meet up with everyone and Sunday morning comes. “Obviously, I’m really excited and nervous as well, but that’s to be expected. I can’t wait for it to be Sunday now.
“It’s been a long-term goal and ambition and it’s probably come sooner than I imagined as well, which is great for me. It shows that I’ve been going in the right direction and improving fast, which I feel I’ve done this year at Lancashire.
“I still feel like I’ve got improvements to make, but it’s great that I’ve been named in the squad. I can’t wait to get started.
“It was a really tough decision to leave Somerset, who helped me a lot but, with my long-term goal being Test cricket, I knew I had to leave. I guess it’s justified it, and it’s justified it pretty quickly.
“I didn’t expect to be playing Test cricket this quickly, but in sport opportunities come in different ways and at different times, and I’m delighted.”