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England Twenty20 star Alex Hales has announced that he believes wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler can become a superstar “once he finds his feet at the Test level”.
Buttler was included in the Test squad after regular wicketkeeper Matt Prior revealed that he would be taking a break from international cricket to have his Achilles surgically repaired.
“Jos is one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen to hit a cricket ball,” Hales told Sky Sports. “I don’t know what people expect from him straight away, but once he finds his feet at the Test level, he’ll be outstanding.
“I’ve still got the aim to play Test cricket even though my championship form last year was awful. I feel like I’ve found my form again with red-ball cricket and feel at home in championship cricket at the top of the order.
“I feel there is a place for attacking players in Test matches, as Kevin Pietersen showed for many years, and that’s definitely my aim down the line.”
Hales also reiterated that he is keen to be part of England’s ODI squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s going to be weird because I haven’t played the 50-over game in quite a while,” he said. “It’s still a white-ball competition, the same sorts of rules, it’s just an extra 10 overs, it gives you longer at the crease and it makes perfect sense replicating the one-day format England play.
“My aim at the start of the year was to find my four-day form again and push towards a one day place for England’s 50-over stuff nearer the winter. One of them has gone well, I’ve found my Championship form and now I want to take that into the white-ball format.”