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England captain Joe Root is confident that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will make the most of his Test recall when the national team begin their summer at home against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday.
Buttler returned to the Test side for the first Test against Pakistan, even though he has not featured in the longest format since December 2016.
However, Buttler will not don the keeping gloves as Jonny Bairstow will continue to occupy the role as England’s wicketkeeper in the longest format.
With Buttler expected to be slotted into the middle order, Root is optimistic that the 27-year-old will make his presence felt at Lord’s.
“Jos has done some very special things and won some games when he has been under pressure in white-ball cricket,” Root was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Now there is an opportunity to do that in Test cricket and I can see him putting a lot of bums on seats.
“That is very exciting for me because he can change a game with the bat in half an hour. He can also bring a lot of experience from tournaments around the world and being the one-day vice-captain can help our dressing room, too.
“The important thing now is for him not to put too much pressure on himself. It is about expressing himself in the longer game and finding that consistency to play the type of innings to put us in a strong position. It is an exciting time for him but it might take a bit of time to come right.”
Buttler has been in red-hot form as of late as he scored five half-centuries in a row while representing the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which equalled the tournament record set by legendary India batsman Virender Sehwag back in 2012.