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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hasn’t given up on his Test career just yet and still harbours hopes of representing his country in the longest format in the future.
Buttler has featured in 18 Tests to date, with his last one coming in December 2016. Since then, Jonny Bairstow has surpassed him as England’s go-to wicketkeeper-batsman in the Test team.
Despite this, Buttler made it clear that he has no intentions of following spinner Adil Rashid and opening batman Alex Hales in only playing white-ball cricket in the upcoming county season.
In fact, Buttler admitted that he hopes to play a lot of red-ball cricket for Lancashire and use it to regain his spot in the Test side.
“At the minute, I’m very happy with my situation,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “It’s obviously the right decision for them, and an exciting decision for them. But for me at the moment, I’m quite happy.
“I haven’t played a great deal of red-ball cricket recently. Whether that [Test] opportunity comes [depends on] performance. I think at the back-end of this year I’ll be available for quite a lot of Championship cricket – so if I’m going to get back in that’s when I need to score runs.”
While Buttler hasn’t scored a hundred in the longest format, he was part of England’s squad that won the Ashes back in 2015.
However, while it was a dream come true for him, he reiterated that he still hasn’t given up on donning the Test whites once again.
“I don’t want to have too many regrets,” the 27-year-old said. “I’m obviously very fortunate to have played Test cricket at all. I was thinking about it the other day – that one thing you’d want to get out of a Test career would be winning an Ashes series in England.
“Not that I performed very well. But I’m lucky enough to have that, and no one will ever take that away from me. You’re always desperate to do as well as you can, and fulfil your promise and potential as much as you can. But I won’t lose any sleep over it.”