Jos Buttler good enough to be treated as a specialist Test batsman for England: Trevor Bayliss

Reuters, Jul, 04 2016
Jos Buttler good enough to be treated as a specialist Test batsman for England: Trevor Bayliss

Wicket keeper Jos Buttler has done enough with the bat in the one-day series against Sri Lanka to be considered purely as a batsman for the Test series against Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss has said.

File photo of Jos Buttler. Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow has not impressed everyone with his keeping in the Test series against Sri Lanka, but Bayliss felt Buttler, who kept wickets in the ODIs against the islanders, was good enough to make the Test side as a specialist batsman.

"This (Sri Lanka) was probably Jos' most consistent series," Bayliss said ahead of Thursday's meeting to pick the side for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's next week.

"The way he has struck the ball and carried himself with the bat, and his keeping wicket was pretty good, means he is in contention,"

"I feel it would be better if he played in Test cricket like he does in the white-ball game, coming in at number six or seven. Leaving him out of the side, as we did in Sharjah last year, has not done him any harm." he stated.

Published Date: Jul 04, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2016


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1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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