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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has admitted that his surprise recall to the Test team almost “feels like another debut”.
Buttler has not played Test cricket since December 2016, but he was included in the side for the first Test against Pakistan, which gets underway on Thursday at Lord’s.
Going into the series, Buttler has been in exceptional form as scored five half-centuries in a row for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which equalled the tournament record set by legendary India batsman Virender Sehwag back in 2012.
“It’s a fantastic surprise and an incredible opportunity afforded to me,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Any time you turn up here at Lord’s it’s special, and all of those emotions are arriving today. It feels like another debut really. It wasn’t particularly on my radar.”
The 27-year-old admitted that he thought he would never represent England in the longest format again due to the fact that he participates in numerous Twenty20 competitions around the world.
“You always think maybe that race is run and will never happen again,” he said. “It’s not that you live with regrets, but you definitely miss it. To get that call the overriding emotion was excitement…I came for a hit here on Saturday. Turning up here on England duty to play a Test match is unbelievable.”